Aurélie Bidermann

Jewelry Designer

| Paris

So, it’s Paris Fashion Week— the coup de grâce of what’s now been a month of runways, presentations and parties. If we were in any other city, the current state of emergency of our feet might be of real concern (trust us, it’s dire), but it’s Paris (PARIS!!) and therefore, nothing could bring us down— especially once born-and-bred Parisian Aurélie Bidermann took us into her gilded hands… The French jewelry designer is what we like to think of as a modern Renaissance woman. After getting her master’s in Art History and briefly working at Sotheby’s, she moved to Antwerp where she studied gemology before starting her eponymous jewelry line. Citing sources as disparate as Mark Rothko, Jane Birkin and India as inspiration, Bidermann designs each of her pieces with a story in mind— not least of which includes the tiny charms that launched her collection and that signify specific childhood memories (think “scarabs” or Egyptian beetles that symbolize fidelity and rebirth, and were once collected by Bidermann’s own grandmother). Even the less obvious lapis rings and enameled ginkgo leaf earrings seem to sing with nostalgia, personality and whimsy. After all, Bidermann knows that jewels are meant to be treasured, and if they can remind us of a moment in time, a loved one or a wish, what else are they but golden? Here, the designer sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on Paris.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Brasserie D’Aumont in Hôtel de Crillon (MAP IT). I have a standing order of oysters and the seafood tower.

COFFEE OR TEA: Both— I find the best cups of coffee are the ones I make at home, but for tea, I drink matcha from Toraya (MAP IT)… they also have the best mochi when I feel like indulging.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Le Deux Magots (MAP IT). My go-to dishes are the tuna tartar and the seafood tower— I clearly have a favorite food!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A skinny margarita from Bar Hemingway at The Ritz (MAP IT). Look for Colin behind the bar to make the perfectly executed cocktail. 

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: I love Café de Flore (MAP IT)— it is the typical Parisian go-to. Not only is it close to my house, but they have delicious coffee and the omelets are perfect for a quick bite.

LADIES LUNCH/DINNER: Ralph’s (MAP IT). Their garden patio is a gorgeous space to sit outside and enjoy time with friends. I order the lobster salad or the famous burger (a must try— the beef comes from Ralph’s own Colorado ranch)!

MUSIC PICK: My own playlists. I listen to everything from Serge Gainsbourg to Beyoncé.

BEST BRUNCH: Holiday Café (MAP IT)— it was opened by Franck Durand and the croque-demoiselle is one of their standout dishes. They use quality ingredients and the atmosphere is so cozy. Across the street, there are outdoor markets that I can’t help but browse in afterwards.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: For the best antiques, walk down Rue de Lille in St. Germain. Also, Rue de Grenelle is a quaint, neighborhood open-air market open on Wednesday and Sunday with fresh produce and typical Parisian delicacies. It’s also home to some of the sweetest baby clothing stores like Numaé and Bon-Ton and I am always looking for new pieces for my baby, Rose.

TO STAY: Le Saint in St. Germain (MAP IT, BOOK IT). It is a small, boutique hotel that I find so charming.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The baguettes!

REGULAR AT: Of course, I have an old-school approach to visiting the local, Parisian specialty shops. I enjoy browsing Librairie Galignani (MAP IT) or dining at Le Cherche Midi (MAP IT), a true local restaurant with delicious pasta dishes. I will also visit Stoney Clove Bakery (MAP IT)— they have the most delicious chocolate chip cookies and sour cherry pie. And naturally, I am a local at the Aurélie Bidermann store on Rue des Saints-Pères (MAP IT) as well!

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Café de Flore. Any time of day, you will walk in to a packed restaurant and someone exciting!

HEALTHY STAPLE: Maisie Café (MAP IT). They have delicious fresh-pressed juices and homemade, gluten-free granola.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate! To indulge, Jacques Genin (MAP IT)…

PARIS’ BEST-KEPT SECRET: I am a big vintage shopper and have a favorite store, but I can’t give it away. Stores this good need to remain a secret!

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Loulou located in Musée des Arts Decoratifs (MAP IT). It has an incredible terrace to dine on that overlooks views of the Tuileries Gardens, The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: Normandy. The landscape is breathtaking and it is a destination where I can enjoy the beaches as well as the countryside.

TO GET INSPIRED: Claude Monet’s home in Giverny (MAP IT). The gardens are so beautiful— full of unique florals and colors— it’s hard not to be inspired.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is eclectic and bohemian. I shop at Dries Van Noten, Sonia Rykiel and Stella McCartney. I live in my Acne jeans and like to pair them with a beautiful Ralph Lauren tweed jacket or Charvet shirts.

ACCESSORIES PICK: I always accessorize with my jewelry— I never take off the seven gold bangles on my arm and I’ll add on other pieces depending on what I’m wearing that day. I love Stella McCartney shoes and vintage handbags from Hermès. I am also loving everything coming from Prada and Miu Miu at the moment!

QUOTIDIAN KEEPER: Comète Retouche (MAP IT) for tailoring services. They do a great job and are trustworthy— perfect for those special pieces you want handled with care.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: My go-to hostess gift is a piece of my jewelry; I think it is a very special and personal gift that the receiver can keep forever. I will also gift flowers from Moulié Fleurs (MAP IT)— they always have a stunning selection of bouquets.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Jöelle Ciocco for facials (MAP IT). She is the only person I let near my face! I have been a loyal patron for over a decade.

FIT PICK: Twice a week I will take a barre class, but I get the most exercise chasing after my 1 year old!

ULTIMATE PARIS MOMENT: The essence of Paris is captured in my walk to and from the office. Every day, I look to my left and see The Louvre; I look to my right and I pass the Tuileries— it is beautiful and truly Paris. CP

Aurelie’s Paris

From L to R: First Row: Holiday Café; Aurelie Bidermann bangles; Cookies from Stoney Clove Bakery; Le Saint Hotel. Second Row: Café Flore; Monet’s home in Giverny; Womenswear by Prada; Inside Loulou.

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