First stop was Bastille and I was very happy to stumble upon a very very nice shop owned by a jewelry designer named delphine pariente*. Naturally, I was attracted by the cute window display and went in immediately. There were lots of vintage clothes and bags but the thing that I was really mesmerized by were the necklaces. They were made of a combination of antique parts, beads charms etc. Each necklace seemed to have a story on it its own. As I was admiring the details of the necklaces, a very sweet lady came up to me and started telling me the history of each of the pieces. She was the owner/designer, delphine pariente herself.
Talking to her brought a smile to my face as she seemed to be very contented with what she was doing and was beaming positive energy. When I asked her if she was selling her stuff online, she said she doesn’t like that as she’d like to talk to her customers personally and know who she is selling her stuff to. It was nice to know that her main focus is on sharing her products and the story behind them with people. Meeting her was inspiring as it reminded me of how nice it was having my own clay shop back home. I guess when you work for yourself, you’d get other forms of gratifications that will make monetary ones seem secondary. It really changes your perspective on things. There is a magical strength from within that drives you and every day you are just so happy going to work. I think that drive is called passion. Once again, I am reminded of how important it is to have that in life.
delphine pariente* is definitely a place that I would go back again. Please do drop by if you are around the corner someday.