English menswear titan Jeremy Hackett shows you around one of his favourite cities
Jeremy Hackett is the chairman and co-founder of Hackett, the gentlemen’s outfitters. He dedicates his spare time to interiors. Paris is one of his favourite places to browse markets looking for vintage pieces to decorate his home or to wander through streets making new discoveries.
Rise and shine
Before we moved our shop from Rue de Sevres, I would regularly have breakfast next door to our shop. The owners were always welcoming. I would sit outside with a large cafe creme and dip a buttered tartine in it. They sold Cuban cigars there so I would have my first cigar of the day, a small Hoyo de Monterrey.
One day when walking down Rue de Courcelles I chanced upon a most eccentric building that looked like a Chinese pagoda. It turned out to be Gallerie CT Loo et Cie, which houses the largest collection of Asian art in Europe.
Place des Vosges is the most beautiful square in Paris and perfectly symmetrical. I sometimes go there for dinner.
The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris. I like photography and am drawn to the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Atget.
I adore the book stalls that line the left bank of the river Seine. I am particularly fond of the cream and red book jackets of old French books. Although I can’t read them, I find them very attractive.
One of the first cafes I ever went to was the Cafe Flore on Boulevard St Germain. I like the bustling atmosphere, the monogrammed coffee cups and the fact it was frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald.
I often go to the antique markets. The one in Porte de Clignancourt is said to be the largest market in the world. I once bought a wonderful large glass-framed 1920s mirror that came from a cafe. On another visit I found a 1960s Pierre Cardin mannequin that now stands in my hallway.