Paris vs New York

Paris and New York. Two cities that could not be more diverse yet equally loved by many. Each a contrast as well as a compliment to the other. Having to choose one that reigns supreme would be impossible. A life between the two, at least to me, is ideal.

I am certainly not alone in this love for both cities. Friend and fellow New Yorker with one foot in Paris Amy Thomas (aka Sweet Freak), recently wrote about an expo of rising star Vahram Muratyan who illustrates with playful sophistication the contrasts between Paris and New York at an exhibition at the trendy Colette. (exhibition ends September 24th)

As a fan of Vahram’s work, seeing it displayed throughout the boutique was a visual treat.

These two are my favorites from the series. Jean-Luc Godard vs Woody Allen, how clever!

Or perhaps these… How about a macaron with an americano?

This was exactly the inspiration I needed as I’m in the midst of designing a hand-printed New York handbag collection to complement my recent Paris collection. Once a New Yorker in Paris, always.

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14 Comments

  1. Sweet Freak September 14, 2011

    I cannot wait to see how you express your New York collection! (It will be fabulous, that’s for sure.) Here’s to our two favorite cities! xo

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  2. Lindsey September 14, 2011

    Oooh I can’t wait to see these new bags! Vahram’s success has been astounding – I hope he can keep up the ideas!

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    • Kasia September 17, 2011

      I’m sure Vahram’s creative mind will figure out how to keep the Paris vs NYC ideas coming… new bags very soon!

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  3. Susan September 14, 2011

    I read his blog, so it is very cool to see it in a gallery setting!

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    • Kasia September 17, 2011

      It was a fitting setting for his work, and fun to try to find all the prints.

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  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 14, 2011

    Such a cool series! I’m partial to NYC…

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    • Kasia September 17, 2011

      I am forever divided between the two.

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  5. Cat September 18, 2011

    I’m partial to the expression ” Head in Paris, heart in NY.”. Kasia, please make me one of those macaronk/cupcake bags! 😉

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    • Kasia September 19, 2011

      Great expression!! Not a bad idea about the macaron/cupcake bag!

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  6. StyleOnTheCouch September 18, 2011

    I have seen these images before on I think they are soooo funny and accurate! I think there was one with “typical” male images that made me laugh. I was trying to think what I might create for a NYC vs London collection 🙂

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    • Kasia September 19, 2011

      It would be interesting to see what he would come up with for London… though it’s usually NYC and Paris that are compared it seems.

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  7. Emese September 23, 2011

    These Vahram Muratyan illustrations are right on!!
    Would be interesting to pair up all great cities from around the world and do a series for each… I can see you doing it with your fabulous bags, Kash. No one knows those great cities better than a world-traveler, like you! : )

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