Des Kohan, Founder, Des Kohan Boutique

Des Kohan, Founder, Des Kohan Boutique

the 10

11

things that get me through a hectic work week in Paris


For most, a week-long trip to Paris isn't usually packed with fashion shows, high-profile appointments with designers, and sleepless nights reviewing next season's finds. But the hustle and bustle of DES KOHAN's time in the City of Lights is exactly what you'd expect from the much-revered Los Angeles-based shop owner who manages to stock her eponymous boutique with some of the most hard-to-find items from the likes of Hussein Chalayan, Mark Fast and Azzedine Alaia. Kohan's non–stop schedule during those bi-annual buying trips has forced her to pare down her suitcase to just the necessities. From beauty essentials that combat jet-lag to that special gown for nighttime events,

shop owner and buyer Des Kohan lets us in on the 11 things that she packs to get her through a whirlwind work week abroad.

  • 1

    Chalayan Red Nothing Dress

    "I always need a gown for special events in Paris. What's great about this Chalayan dress is that it is very versatile and travels well: It can be dressed down with a vintage jacket or dressed up with jewels and heels."

  • 2

    Leica Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    "I love the old school design plus the highest Leica standard of img quality. It is very compact and easy to use for all my buying appointments."

  • 3

    Deer Vintage Tassel Necklace

    "Accessories are a must for Paris fashion week. I love mixing metals, especially this vintage gunmetal necklace with gold and brass tones. It works well by itself for daytime and paired with diamonds and jewels for evening."

  • 4

    Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energy Infusion Mask

    "This is an instant boost after a long flight! I love the way it makes my skin feel."

  • 5

    Wode by Boudicca Perfume

    "This is my favorite scent and was actually first gifted to me
    in Paris."

  • 6

    Azzedine Alaia Belt

    "A statement belt goes a long way when I am on my buying trips. It is the essential styling tool to cinch a sweater worn with boots for day, or over an evening gown for events
    at night."

  • 7

    Soyer Tunic + Sweater Set

    "A cozy-chic airplane outfit is essential because my flight might be delayed, and I oftentimes have to jet to an appointment straight off the plane!"

  • 8

    Des Kohan Archipelago Candle

    "With a hectic Paris schedule and minimal time between appointments and shows, this Amber candle is essential for when I get some much needed down time."

  • 9

    Damir Doma Shoulder Bag

    "This Damir Doma handbag is essential for my Paris trips. The classic design and neutral color make it versatile to style with all aspects of my wardrobe. The best part is that it has three compartments with a built-in wallet, so it keeps my credit cards, multiple currencies, iPhone and camera
    neatly organized."

  • 10

    Bioelements Oxygen Cocktail

    "By the time fashion weeks rolls around, buyers need as much help as possible to look fresh. This skin treatment does the trick when I am feeling jet-lagged and tired. It helps rejuvenate the skin rather than piling on make-up to hide
    the fatigue."

  • 11

    Bioelements Equalizer (Toner)

    "An essential face spritzer for a quick aromatherapy pick-me-up in between appointments. It fits perfectly inside my bag and also sets my make-up for a natural finish."

 
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