Christina and I spent last weekend at the Miami Swim Show and Cabana, which are 2 international fashion shows held in Miami each July. We at coton frais attend shows like these around the world looking for the most unique and special products for our clients. We were obviously expecting beautiful girls in little itty bitty bikinis in perfect bodies and of course beautiful clothing and accessories from around the world..but we were not expecting or prepared for the two women we encountered.
One, that welcomed us into her “family” of women who own a business, create and produce straw bags, gives African women jobs so they can feed their family…and then in turn to be sold to people like us and then sold to people like you. The “family circle”… women helping women.
The other passionate woman we met has now devoted her mature life (who was a former Turkish Vogue Editor) to get this …bringing fashion clothing designs and materials to the Somalian border for the women refugees to create. She said “ they can’t speak or write but they can sew”. She offers them now a job that gives them money to eat, feed their family and have pride of accomplishment.
Two amazing women making a “fashionable difference” in the world…just shows you determination, and enterprising thought, compassion, understanding and some hard work can change lives.
Ladies Rock on! We at coton frais support you and your effort 100%.
Nothing says summer like bright white cotton. Especially when your beautiful new blanc cotton dress has a touch of sequins, lace or ribbon. At coton frais, in both boutiques in Jupiter and Boca we provide only the very best French inspired cotton designs for our wonderful clients. And, since they are our own private label, you will be wearing something extra special. And, cotton is “the” fabric for summer…breathable, cool and light. Add a little tan to one of our gorgeous dresses or tops and your will make a fashionable fashion statement this summer! White, white and more white….that’s summer!
We hear every day "I love this store, I love everything in it”…
When you are buying beautiful French inspired apparel from our boutiques, as well as gorgeous gifts and accessories you need to know that every item you see was picked out just for you.
We travel the world to find the perfect white cotton, or ribbon or sequins for our private label designs. We also look for the best possible unique vendors that create and design pieces that we know you will love. We scan the globe looking for fashion ideas that you, our client would like to purchase. We examine quality and style and always have “you” in mind when we are making our selections. Whether you are shopping on line, or in one of our stores in Boca, or Jupiter we want your experience to be the best it can be. And just remember each item from a leather bag from Italy, to a linen dress from Greece, or a one-of-a-kind necklace from Paris… was hand picked just for you. Kind of makes you feel special doesn’t it?
Well, we think thats the way its supposed to be. So enjoy…and think of us, while we’re thinking of you.
It occurred to me just the other day as I was having lunch in Villefranche-sur-Mer that I was feeling very good about myself during my visit to France. Sourcing products and suppliers for my company coton frais isn’t an easy job…but I have met so many kind, endearing, considerate, thoughtful people along the way that they have made my job not seem like a “job” at all. Buying for both boutique stores in Jupiter and Boca its important to select the “right” merchandise…always thinking about our clients and what they would like. Usually what I like is what “they” will like… sorting thru the many vendors, examining fabrics, checking details, exploring pricing options is essential to providing the very best to our coton frais clients. That is what Christina and I do best.
I also must mention that the level of respect toward mature women in France is notable. Aging is accepted, valued and appreciated. There are many many beautiful mature women in France and their grace and loveliness shines thru their lines of laughter and sets an exemplary model for most American women to follow. So, for now…I am feeling beautiful in France.
How do I absolutely love sourcing new products for coton frais in Provence! From town to town and village to village, for each of our two boutiques… one in Jupiter and the other in Boca
I am looking for just the right “everythings” for our clients. Whether it be the perfect blanc cotton dresses and tops, or the most gorgeous colorful leather bags, lovely sun hats, beautiful scarfs or those extra “special” specialty gifts the hunt is on! Of course eating amazing French food, drinking rose and enjoying a gelato makes sourcing for our clients even more fun! And, it doesn’t hurt that Provence is truly one of the most magnificent and beautiful places on the earth. How happy am I? My French gets better every day….I can understand more than I can speak. But, I have a wonderful group of friends that help translate making my job a lot easier. I love to take photographs, so I document everything…from sunflowers in a tin vase to the interior of a cathedral to my afternoon lunch! I especially love taking pictures of distressed doors and windows with brightly colored shutters. I feel at home here…a bit of a slower pace and more quiet enjoyment. Sometimes just looking and listening is good for the soul.
I was visiting Antibes, France today. A bustling town located right on the Mediterranean. Some say becoming as popular as St. Tropez! Well….not so sure about that, but….. not as shi-shi-chic….but quite charming. Definitely worth a visit. Quaint cobblestone streets all head toward the water…each filled with intimate shops and cafes, my favorite gelato stands, and even pups wearing their summer sunglasses. What is trending in this Provence resort town?
Of course just what we carry in our stores, coton frais in Boca and Jupiter. Our boutiques feature beautiful blanc cotton and linen same as these French shops do. We are French inspired and have captured their look to a tee. Fresh and bright blanc lace, and a little sequin add a special touch which turns our designs from ordinary into extraordinary! Oui Oui! A little style and grace goes a long way…