Thursday, July 16

Un petit tour à Playtime {Paris}

lovely dolls by Scalaë and Co (France)


I managed to be in France - and in Paris, on time for the international kids trade show Playtime which takes place twice a year at the Parc Floral near Château de Vincennes. I am always attending the Tokyo editions although I love the Paris one for its amazing variety and fabulous atmosphere. Here below are only a few snaps that I managed to take the day I spent there - you must plan 2 to 3 days at least to cover the whole event.

There was a lot more to share and I have listed a few brands that caught my eyes at the end of this post - with links to their websites. Feel free to check them out!

The large crocheted shawl was spectacular and beautiful- it was located in the maternity section of the show, and the creation of French artist Aurélie Mathigot. 

I was surprised to cross path with a beautiful peacock on my way to the next pavillon... after all the public park was right across the blue gate in the background...

The show partly takes place in an old building which is super spacious but unfortunately without air conditioning... quite hard to take under the super hot temperatures we are having this year in France!

"Within this play of shadows and slow movements, artist Julie Gauthron's silhouettes take us off into a sweet moment of daydreaming." 
I liked the idea of using the metal thread to create the playful silhouettes, however it was really difficult to photograph... maybe the white screen in the back could have been of a different color?

waterproof bed linen collection by Louis le Sec (Belgium)

more "poésie" from Scalaë and Co (France)

the dream world of Annabel Kern (France)

all the way from Korea: Kooroom is dressing them up in the kitchen!

surfing the wave of eco-friendly furnitures, Zerogram (France)

  • Trend Space #3 - Let's dance! by Zoe Adlesberg

No one resist the dance floor call and a disco ball! Photographer and film director Zoe Adlesberg's work has been featured in MILK, Marie Claire Enfnats, Cookie, Nylon or Kid-In magazine among other media.

the Policosmos family in its colorful pop-up by PCM Design (Spain)

beautiful embroideries and pop colours 
for the S/S 2016 collection of Bonheur du Jour Paris (above and below)

My favorite trend space, the most inspiring with its wonderful display made of paper and cardboard. Exotic colours coming straight out of a travel journal spoke volumes to me!

The S/S 2016 collection of Paade Mode (Latvia) was superb! 
From the choice of materials to the embroidery details or the color palette, 
everything looked "delicious".

Below are some pics of one of the canteens/ café where exhibitors and visitors can meet up, rest, or recharge. Friendly staff and an extended choice of delicious/ healthy food.

Finally and to close up this short review of Playtime Paris, here are a few other brands that caught my attention but the lack of time didn't allow me to take photos:

Hilda.Henri (Austria), Bang Bang Copenhagen (Denmark), April Showers (France), Bobo Choses, Arch & Line (Japan), Nobodinoz (Espagne), Mini Rodini (Sweden), Louise Misha (France), Le Petit Lucas du Tertre (France), Iglo + Indi (Iceland), Ettel & Bettel (Israel), Soft Gallery (Copenhagen)

Anniel (Italy), Pom D'Api (France), Salt-water (Australie), Veja (France)

Decoration/ Toys:
Toi-Meme (France), Bang Bang Kid (France), Mini Archi (Belgium), Deuz (France), Play and Go (Belgium), Garbo and Friends (Sweden)

Illustration/ Graphic Design:
Aout a Paris (France), Axelle Design (France),

Next rendez-vous: 
Playtime Tokyo at Belle Salle Shibuya - August 25-26-27, 2015

and remember to make history...

Monday, July 13

Guest post on Paul et Paula :: Folk made

photo collage by Harumi Watanabe

Hello everyone! 

I wanted to share with you my latest guest post for Paul et Paula - I had announced my collaboration with the international kids lifestyle & design blog in a blog post last March
Last month I interviewed the super cool toy distributor CAST Japan included photos of their showroom located in Ikebukuro in Tokyo [here].

This month I came up with an interview of Harumi Watanabe, founder and designer of Japanese kids clothes label folk made. Read the whole interview on Paul et Paula right now [click here]. 

Note: folk made will take part of the professional trade show Playtime in Tokyo on August 25-26-27, 2015. 

Happy week!

Tuesday, June 9

Bonheur du Jour Private Sale {report}

Hello! I wanted to share a few photos from last weekend's private sale... I was holding an intimate sale for the lovely label Bonheur du Jour, from France, at my home in Tokyo. Guests could choose among the pieces of the Spring/ Summer collection I had personally selected for the event.
It was lovely, and I am hoping to have another event this winter again... If you live in Tokyo and are interested in this kind of event, please kindly drop me an email [] and I will add you to the mailing list.

Thank you to everyone who came, your order will be here soon.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 3

Bonheur du Jour, un petit coin de paradis...


You are kindly invited to the private sale of the Spring-Summer collection of French label Bonheur du Jour Paris!

Bonheur du Jour was founded in 2012 by Catherine Duffossez-Devianne, a mother of four and a talented designer who has been in the French fashion & textile industry for over 25 years (and the 5th-generation!). 
Bonheur du Jour literally means "happiness of the day" in French and aims to bring a daily French touch to little ones all over the world. 
The 2015 S/S collection includes natural fabrics such as cotton and linen in a soft colour palette, highlighted with original embroideries and cute details in neon colours. 

Sizes from 3 months up to 12 years.

Pompom blouse
Tulipe top & Cosi skirt 

Libellule T shirt
Porcelaine & Poppies dresses

When: Friday (JUN 5) & Saturday (JUN 6) 
From 11am to 3pm
Where: at my home in Tamagawa Den-enchofu, 
Setagaya-ku 158-0085

How to attend? 
-> kindly RSVP to Marie at: or 080-4888-1980 in order to receive the detailed address.

NB: you will be able to place an order at the private sale; clothes will be delivered within 10 working days and available for pick up mid-June.
Payment at delivery - by cash.
Limited stocks available.

Please feel free to come and check out the collection and chit chat in a relaxed atmosphere ~

A bientôt!

Reporter 100% cotton shirt

Exhibition :: Le Jardin Secret de Marie {Part 3}

Photo collage by Mieko Akima, owner of Gallery Palette


I am closing the series of posts about the exhibition with one featuring the pictures that visitors out together to create amazing collages and share on their social media platforms. It surely created the buzz and allowed many new people to come check out the exhibition and get to know my work. I have added the links to blogs and websites whenever possible, so please make sure to check them out!
 Photo collage by Harumi Watanabe, founder and designer at Folk made

Photo collage by Mayumi Takahashi, who creates beautiful embroideries

Photo collage by Tomoko Kitamura,a flower artist in Tokyo 

Photo collage by Yoko Kato

Photo collage by Mayumi Takahashi, who attended a workshop in June and created the delightful pair of earrings!

Photo collage by Yoko Yanagisawa.

Photos by Hitomi Inoue, a famous cartonnage artist in Tokyo.

Inoue-san was kind enough to write two blogposts about the exhibition which you can discover here and here (in Japanese). Please kindly check her blog or Facebook page for all informations about the cartonnage workshops she gives in Tokyo frequently. 

Read the previous posts covering this amazing event: {Part 1} and {Part 2}


Thank you so much for reading these posts and for your amazing support over the past 6 months here or on my social media platforms [Facebook] [Instagram]

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