American expat Zeva Bellel's love affair with France began sometime during her childhood in Brooklyn, though she says the source of her obsession with the country "is anybody's guess." Her first visit to Paris at age sixteen inspired Zeva to study Art History and French in college and after graduating she moved to Paris for what was supposed to be a "five-month experiment." Ten years later, Zeva continues to reside in Paris -- now married to her French husband, Fabrice -- and has developed her passion for the City of Lights into a career of trend forecasting and scouting for "the city's great hidden talents." Her website, Paris by Appointment Only, is a Francophile's dream and features little-known Parisian artisans and experts of their craft, including jewelers, dressmakers, ceramicists and chefs.
Last week Zeva wrote about Michel Heurtault, a couture umbrella and parasol maker who began his career designing costumes and corsets for theater productions and French fashion houses such as Christian Dior.
Michel Heurtault photographed in Paris at his couture umbrella shop, Parasolerie Heurtault
The bespoke umbrellas are handmade with luxe fabrics like silk and lace not typically used for umbrellas that Michel has waterproofed and UV-treated.
These gorgeous umbrellas exude Parisian chic and have definitely made me consider upgrading my black mini travel umbrella!