For the past two weekends, the space under the stairs in the Boulangerie was transformed into a Parisian boudoir courtesy of Parisian fashion boutique Oscar & Ella and this weekend the space became a little piece of Paradise with handmade poolside bags and clutches from Aranáz emblazoned with crabs, flamingoes, and melons.
Our first pop up shop, Oscar & Ella was created especially for fashionistas searching for quality pieces at reasonable prices, not high street or luxury fashion, but something in between from brands allowing you to express your individuality.
Coralie, founder of Oscar & Ella handpicks each piece from niche French brands. One of our favourites is Parisian couturier Marlilyn Feltz, with vintage-esque designs inspired by old school Hollywood glamour. Every piece is ultra-feminine and extremely flattering.
Other brands from Oscar & Ella include Mohekann, a very small leather manufacturer from France with distinctive leather patchwork bags and also Tammy and Benjamin, classic, structured leather handbags, with a Jackie Onassis vibe.
Ladies, you no longer need to use that GWP to head to the beach or lounge by the pool. Mikele Ugarte, General Manager of High Tide Trading spotted a gap in the market for statement beach and poolside bags and this weekend, Mikele brought the poolside & picnics summer collection from Aranáz to La Serre. All bags are handmade in the Philippines with the best of natural materials, from hand carved wooden clutches to mother of pearl and bamboo bags.
Mikele also showcased a small collection of the most stunning coral reef inspired bags by marine biologist-turned fashion accessories designer, Ken Samudio. He creates unique artwork mimicking textures from nature using up-cycled beads made from plastic water bottles and recycled sea glass. One to watch out for and definitely an investment!
All in all, both pop up shops were buzzing with excitement from our wonderful guests who would rather shop like the Parisians, perusing curated collections from niche brands in a relaxed environment, followed by a well-deserved coffee and fresh, buttery viennoiserie. Ohlala!
To keep up with Oscar & Ella and Aranáz, you can find both brands on Instagram @oscar_ella and @aranaz_dxb.
If you have a niche brand you would like to see pop up at La Serre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.