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Paris Like A Local

Paris Like A Local

Born and raised in Menilmontant, Alexandre Maïsetti knows Paris.

“Paris is full of secrets that most Parisians would love to keep for themselves,” explains the soft-spoken, steely-eyed businessman.

After learning the ropes via his original streetwear label, Shai Wear, Maïsetti founded French street fashion label Commune de Paris with friend Sebastain Lyky in 2009.  While Maïsetti studied economy and management, he’s entirely self-taught when it comes clothing design and manufacturing – which probably contributes to the success of the label nearly 10 years later.

Alexandre Maïsetti

Named for the 1871 French revolt of the same name, CDP clothing harnesses independence, audacity and liberty in its aesthetic, and is made entirely in Europe.

“We mainly use French and Italian fabrics, such as soft poplin or chambray, heavy and comfy wool felt, thick cotton and raw denim…  Choice of fabrics is really a key in our daily work,” says Maïsetti.

The spirit of the commune lives on every season in CDP’s work, whether its via embroidered football flag patches on a sweater’s elbow, a French military-inspired hoody or entire collaborations with iconic and historic French companies. (This season it’s La Charantaise Tcha.)

Commune de Paris AW18 collection

“As soccer is a real passion of mine, our collaboration with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club was an acme to me,” says Maïsetti.

This week, the Frenchman shares his favourite locals-only summer haunts in Paris and explains that REAL Parisians venture beyond the ring-road.

STILY: Favourite spot for a picnic?

AM: The park of Buttes Chaumont is the best place to have a cosy picnic.  The picnic basket would be pretty simple with a fresh baguette, some charcuterie, salted butter and of course a bottle of red wine. Cliché but true.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Best ice cream in Paris?

A lime and chocolate ice cream from Berthillon on Ile Saint Louis.

Favourite place to spend summer nights in Paris?

Paris is full of nice rooftops such as the one on the Hotel National des Arts et Métier, or Le Perchoir, and Pigalle has also an undeniable and unmissable night energy.

Le Perchoir

Best-kept secret in Paris?

The “village” of Belleville, the endless walks in Les Buttes Chaumont, the hidden cannonball from the French revolution in the walls of Hotel du Sens, the Montmartre Vineyards, a Sunday morning spent at the Aligre street market…

Favourite spot for a traditional French experience?

Even if the queue is long and the place full of tourists, Le Bouillon Chartier will always be a reference for THE French experience. Also having a nice breakfast in the patio of Hotel Grand Amour is a thing.

Where do you always take your visitors in the summer time?

Along the banks of the Seine, or along the Canal Saint Martin riding Velib’ (Parisian rental bikes.)

Your favourite locals-only spot in the city?

The seasonal outdoor cinema at La Villette.

La Villette

Best shopping in Paris?

Le Marais, where our boutique is located (19, Rue Commines), is a typical Parisian place to go shopping. Few stops on terraces are needed. 

Where do you go to cool off?

We dare to cross the Paris ring-road to go to Chez Gégène guinguettes, on the Bords de Marne.

Chez Gegene

When everyone else is at the beach, Paris is…

Empty, calm and wonderful.

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New season Commune de Paris is now available in store and online.