CAROLINE DE MAIGRET'S LOYAL TO PARIS AND NEW YORK Caroline de Maigret calls The City of Lights home, but it was in the streets of the Big Apple where she found her groove by following the beat of her own heart. “I need to be in Paris and New York,” she says. “Paris is where my heart is. It's like my water while New York is like champagne. It pops!” From Chanel catwalks to East Village concerts, the French model, muse and César Award-nominated music producer fuels her passions by taking frequent flights across the Atlantic.
In this exclusive interview with DFS, she tells us about her love for two cities, her favorite haunts and how she keeps her cool in both places.
Why Paris and New York? Paris is my home and New York is my escape. When I'm in Paris, I have time to relax, listen to music, and read books. Every morning, I take a walk and enjoy the beauty of the city, feel the wind blow through my hair and listen to the sounds of the streets as they come to life.
What's the best way to explore your hometown? If you can, stay at Hôtel Particulier. It has five beautiful suites, a garden, and is located in Montmartre, which is my favorite area in all of Paris. For lunch, order a seafood platter at Le Dôme in Montparnasse, one of the city's oldest brasseries. I always go there after I land. Then go to the top of the Eiffel Tower! See Paris from the Seine River by taking a cruise on a Bateaux Mouche! Get lost in The Louvre! Walk around Saint-Germain-des-Prés to soak in the architecture and artistic soul of the neighborhood! Eat and shop at the flea market of Porte de Clignancourt! The things to do are limitless for those with adventure in their hearts.
Why is New York important to you? It was the first place I went to when I was a young woman looking for work. New York welcomed me as if I was one of its own and I've been loyal to the city every since. I remember going to listen to young rock-and-roll bands in bars like CBGB in the East Village or at venues like the Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side. Back then, it gave me the idea to create my own music label, which I did! New York has this energy that gets me going and enables me to do anything. You're allowed to have any dream and believe in it. You could say New York gives me wings.
How is it different from Paris? In Paris, I feel like I can take them off and rest and enjoy quality time with my family. When I'm in New York, I kind of feel like a teenager. I don't have my family and I just run around. I go out. I go to concerts. It gives me the ideas to create and to feel like I can own the world. When I'm in town, I like to stay at The Bowery Hotel. There is a vibe there that makes me feel like a rock star! And I always stop at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen for great Mexican dishes I can't find in France.
What else must every traveler experience in the Big Apple? Go to the top of the Empire State Building for the amazing view. Watch an evening show on Broadway and hang out in Times Square afterwards. Eat a pizza on any street corner. See any exhibition at the MoMA. They're always good. Spend an afternoon in Central Park. I also love to go to the Anthology Film Archives for an afternoon screening. For drinks, head to the the revolving lounge on top of the Marriott Marquis hotel to catch the sunset.
How do the two cities complete you? On the one hand, I'm this very energetic woman who loves to go out and do things. But at the same time, I'm also a woman who likes to stop and take her time. I like to appreciate things and that's how I found out that New York and Paris completed me. It's the two women I am in one. I think traveling between Paris and New York is the perfect balance for me. I dont think I would be able to live in one city without the other. I really need both to be who I am.