MARIA FORS
fashion designer
and consultant


paris
france

Born in Sweden in 1967, adopted by Paris in 1991.

I still find that one of the best things to do is to just get lost in Paris. I am trying my best to do it as often as I can and there is still much to discover and plenty of inspiration to find — open your eyes wide and allow curiosity to drive life!

I would like to see myself as a world-citizen and, although Paris is as French as it comes, the cultural presence in Paris is genuinely international; the literature, its art, the fashion etc… Paris hosts the largest number of foreign cultural institutes of all cities!

I studied as a fashion designer and pattern drafter in Copenhagen and Paris.

I always loved fashion and the associated imagery, how we express ourselves through the way we dress, how it translates into attitude and simply how we make the garment a companion, because it’s comfortable and/or practical.

This interest for sociological aspects of fashion made me extend my work to education and consulting. There is so much to do in fashion, one life is not enough!

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

LE PROGRES
1 Rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris

no website

Have your coffee standing in the bar enjoying the busy Parisian mood that I love. In the morning you'll encounter mostly locals and regulars. On the bar you can find hard boiled eggs in those special egg holders and croissants in baskets. A place almost unchanged by time.

my favourite cultural institution

LE MUSEE NATIONAL DE L'HISTORIE DE L'IMMIGRATION
293 Avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris

www.histoire-immigration.fr

The museum occupies the Palais de la Porte Dorée. The building was constructed for the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931 and it’s a masterpiece of architecture. Their high quality exhibitions makes it one of my favourite museums to visit.

here’s where I buy my books

OFR BOOKSHOP
20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars
75003 Paris

OFR on Facebook

The most knowledgeable and independent book store in Paris. You can also buy antique books.

or

LIBRAIRIE POLONAISE DE PARIS
123 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris

Librairie Polonaise

The Polish library on the left bank, because of its beautiful facade in art deco letters.

additional local shops I support

DETAILLE 1905
10 Rue Saint-Lazare
75009 Paris

www.detaille.com

A small beautiful fragrance store with a beautiful history.

“The Countess de Presle having bought one of the first cars in the early years of the XXth century, felt the skin dehydration caused by high speed and the lack of a windshield on her car. She discussed the matter with one of her friends, the chemist Marcellin Berthelot, who created a hydrating lotion, which she called 'Baume Automobile'. That was the starting point of a range of high quality body care products…”

I come here for the store experience with Madame Céline, the shop keeper!

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

CHEZ OMAR
47 Rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris

Chez Omar on Facebook

A crowded couscous restaurant that doen't take reservations. Have an aperitif and a chat with the patron in the bar while waiting. Full of interesting and beautiful people and their Couscous Royal with seven vegetables is a treat.

or, next door from 'Chez Omar'

MARCHE DES ENFANTS ROUGES
39 Rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris

no website

A market place that became a dining place. I like it for the colourful ambience and the diversity of food, you can have a Tajine, a Bento, a Crêpe or a Lebanese Falafel.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

LE TRAIN BLEU
Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris

www.le-train-bleu.com

LeTrain Bleu is located in the hall of the Gare de Lyon railway station. The restaurant was originally created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, sumptuous architecture. Knowing you are at a train station makes you kind of feel that you are on your way somewhere…

my favourite pizza spot

IL POSTO
356 Rue des Pyrénées
75020 Paris

www.ilposto.fr

My neighbourhood pizzeria in Belleville. In the kitchen, two Neapolitan chefs, skilled dough-tossing pizza makers and a wood-fired oven made-to-measure by Neapolitan artisans. The wine list is all italian, including a section of biodynamic offerings.

or

ROSA BONHEUR SUR SEINE
Port des Invalides
Quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris

www.rosabonheur.fr

Eat your pizza on a barge while enjoying the sunset along the river Seine. The pizzas are made in a huge wood pizza oven, the only one in Paris.

my bar of choice

AUX FOLIES
8 Rue de Belleville
75020 Paris

www.aux-folies-belleville.fr

An eclectic and unpretentious bar in the area of Belleville. The outdoor terrace is always packed. Original 50s neon designs. Good vibes!

additional things not to be missed

Don't miss the best Madeleines (my favourite French cookies) at

GRAND CAFE TORTONI
45 Rue de Saintonge
75003 Paris

Grand Café Tortoni on Facebook

This café is a reawakening of a Parisian café which was very popular and chic in the era of the 19th century. Today it is a concept café with dried flower shop and the beauty product brand 'Buly 1803' giving the place a very charming atmosphere.

the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller

Tai Cheng Wei, founder of Temperature in Taipei.

FORS OFFICE, Paris

Company goal: To share beauty and transfer knowledge.

This is realized through lectures, workshops, conferences and training. The perspectives in focus are fashion management, brand identity and the immediate challenges of making the fashion industry more sustainable and ethical.

This work has brought me to places and people all around the world, for #fashionbringstheworldtogether

Today, one company focus is the makings and conditions of sustainable collections in ethical environments, finding solutions for established brands to become more sustainably adapted. I also coach young designers through the challenges of launching a brand.

The company is also sharing a passion for textiles, in form of lessons about weaving, embroidery and dying techniques. Ancestral techniques and knowledges that can be valued in the creation today.

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1. FORS fashion show in Stockholm
2. FORS brand communication
3. FORS brand communication 
4. Lecture in Abu Dhabi
5. Workshop in Abu Dhabi
6. Lecture in Riyadh 
7. Organization of a fashion event with designers Fiona Fondadouze, Peet Dullaert and Quoï Alexander
8. Draping atelier 

added may 2018
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