Tuesday, July 24, 2007


It's PIU PIU's bIRTHDAY It's Piu Piu's birthday today!
A year ago I found Piu Piu in PYLONES' window and couldn't resist...
Pylones Apoxy necklace I discovered PYLONES 17 years ago when I admired cookbook author Dori Greenspan's plastic necklace at a party.
Next trip I made a beeline for PYLONES' then tiny closet-size shop in Galerie Vivienne.
Now they have 6 shops in Paris, 2 in New York + Hong Kong + THE WORLD
I got the necklace, the earings, and the bracelet.
I still wear them and I still get compliments.
Pylones Grater Ladies Pylones was created 20 years ago
with the intention of making small colorful items, especially animals - useful toys for adults.
I wish I'd gotten this kitchen grater last trip...
Whether you buy something or not...
Their merchandise never fails to amuse.
It's Yellow Bird's BIRTHDAYIt's Yellow Bird's birthday too,
He's a New York bird from Elie Zabar's Kids store on Madison Avenue...
I saw this big 16" wide bag the previous Paris trip but resisted.
Naturally I was thinking about it for months...

I had to pick it up at PYLONES and it did carry home alot of treasures
It's made by
Isn't it funny how you can obsess about THE ONE THING you didn't buy...
And the next trip's sole purpose is to get that ONE THING!?
Here are PYLONES hours...


  1. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Love the colors this morning and the content. I am a bird lover so I can see why you fell in love with this colorful little Piu Piu. I bet there are a couple things you didn't get last time you were in Paris and are wanting to head for...bet you cant wait..When ARE you going back to Paris?

    Cris in OR

  2. Anonymous10:14 AM

    I saw those graters in the Marais two years ago when I was there, and I, too, have regretted not having bought one! I think about it every time I use the crappy one I bought at the grocery store, the one with the dull blade holes and broken plastic frame ....


    P.S. Yes, when ARE you going to Paris?

  3. aww, I should have gotten that grater the last time I was home. Will definitely put it on my list this time!

  4. Anonymous10:55 AM

    I love these "Birthday" macarons!
    What a fun idea for a kid's party

  5. ooohhh...

    the ***bright colors***
    saying Good Morning!

    yes, i went back
    to buy this little silver key-shaped charm
    in florence
    and the shop was closed
    for the duration of my time there...

    another reason to travel back there,
    as if i needed one!


  6. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I love those bags.
    We bought one at Bon Marché when we were there last year.
    A different style than yours, but the same artist.
    They are fun, aren't they?

  7. Anonymous12:03 PM

    Happy Birthday Piu Piu! :)

  8. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I *didn't* buy a pair of Chanel shoes when I was in Paris for my 30th birthday. I've always regretted it. I've searched for them everywhere since and can't find them. I guess je regrette quelque chose after all.

  9. Happy Birthday to your little birds. It's my birthday today also. Maybe it's a day for cute thing's birthdays. What do you think?

  10. Lovely links!
    Fabulous as is everything

  11. Anonymous1:04 PM

    I've been reading your posts for some time now and I really enjoy reading you each morning. I'm writing because I fell in love with the bag that you bought. I went to their website and I was wondering if you have had any experience with ordering from them.
    I really, really want that bag and I don't think that I'll be visiting Paris for a while.
    Too bad because my friend just returned yesterday!!
    Should I just order it?

  12. BONNIE
    You will never stop thinking about that bag if you don't buy it
    BUY IT!

  13. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Pylones is 20 years old!!

    It looks as fresh and inventive as ever!


    I am glad Piu Piu wasn't a bird left behind.

  14. I love Pylones! I had no idea they had been around so long. They seem so uber trendy. :) So THAT'S where Piu Piu came from. Joyeux Anniversaire, Piu Piu!

  15. P.S. I regret not buying the Eiffel Tower top (children's toy top) at Pylones this last trip. YES, I know it's ridiculous, but...an Eiffel Tower top. I think I am collecting tops.

  16. Anonymous9:03 PM

    I adore bday parties!
    Thank you for sharing this one!
    Best wishes to Piu Piu.

  17. Anonymous7:35 PM

    Pylones is 1st on my list for my next ny trip!
    Your note about regret is sooooo true. Just when I think I'm showing restraint, I'm really showing BAD judgement! :-)

  18. Anonymous8:15 PM

    I received that bird as a gift...it is so annoying!Even a light breeze makes the bird chirp.

    The BIRD does chrip!
    This is true.
    The trick is to put him next to something metalic/magnetic
    Or else put the bit of paper back in his bum to stop the chirpping.
    You can always muffle him with a pillow as I am forced to do on occasion :)

  20. Anonymous4:45 AM

    Oh!!! those graters are really GREAT!!!
    Had I one, I would make cheese soufflés twice a day !?!

    "La Marelle"... I do not know that shop, but I like its name. (matches the designs!)
    Do you know what a "marelle" is? All French children LOVE it. You find plenty of them in school playgrounds:

    Now is that writing (on the "ardoise") your own?!?

  21. I'm in love with Piu Piu!

  22. Anonymous4:40 AM

    For anyone considering ordering, I just ordered something off the website, it turned up in half the predicted time, very well packed, with a free gift.

    I will be buying more. Definitely recommended!

  23. Anonymous11:10 AM

    I love, love, love Pylones! My favorite stores (there are 4) in NYC! But, if are not lucky enough to visit the store in person you can always shop for goodies on their website www.pylones-usa.com.


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