During a shopping session with my daughter at Brandy Melville de Passy, in Paris, I took the opportunity to paint the showroom of this store. This is one of my daughter’s favorite brands, and I have to say I really like the style. Chic and relaxed Californian atmosphere, elegant and very trendy. Fashion design has always fascinated me, stylists regularly manage to renew themselves by innovating or drawing in neo-vintage atmospheres. When I do illustrations for magazines, it allows me to acculturate myself to this universe of fashion design.
To my knowledge, there are two Brandy Melville stores in Paris, one is rue de Rennes, towards St-Germain-des-Prés. The second, the one I visited, is in the heart of Passy, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. I love making watercolors of Paris, it wasn’t so long ago that I painted the Place de Passy. The atmosphere in this district reminds me a little of that of towns to the west of Paris, such as Maisons Laffitte or St-Germain-en-Laye.
The architecture of the Passy store is spectacular: an industrial building with beautiful metal joists supporting the building. A decoration that evokes the loft spirit, well in line with the vintage American ambience of the brand. which reminds me of my travel diaries in the United States.
So I didn’t hold out for long: during my daughter’s shopping spree, I took out a sketchbook and a box of watercolors to paint this interior view. I have a habit of always bringing my painting supplies with me in case the opportunity arises. I draw regularly on location: I love painting outdoors or indoors, depending on the occasion. This allows me to work on drawing characters with observation sketches.
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