A Parisian Square ~ Place Vendôme

June 23, 2015

By Tab Byrum

We continue our collaboration with Assouline Publishing, today looking at a recent release, Place Vendôme, by Alexis Gregory. This book is a celebration of a city square that started out as a tribute to the Sun King, Louis XIV, and today its name simply means elegance and glamor.


Mention the Place Vendôme to any well-seasoned traveler or Francophile and it immediately calls to mind the Ritz Hotel, Dior and glamorous names like Coco Chanel and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Place Vendôme today is regarded as the center of jewelry, fashion and art in the City of Light and with the Ritz Hotel recently receiving an update and facelift from designer Thierry Despont it’s definitely now the place to be.

©Comité Vendôme

Author Alexis Gregory is the founder of Vendôme Press, which has a commitment to fine arts, music, architecture, and culture. This is the second book Gregory has done for Assouline, with his first being In The Spirit of Venice. If you or someone you love has an affinity for all things French or Parisian then this is a book that needs to be on your coffee table, with gorgeous photos chronicling the history of this 300-year-old town square it’s simply beautiful, check it out here at Assouline. Let’s take a look now within the pages of Place Vendôme, Enjoy!!!

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© Photo Marville, Bibliotheque historique de la ville de Paris

Scaffolding surrounds the Column at the center of the Place Vendôme.

© Film Stills Archive

A glamorous arrival on the Place Vendôme.

© François Kollar, Ministère de la Culture, France

Coco Chanel in her suite at the Ritz Hotel that she occupied for many years. 

© Georges Fessy

Probably the most glamorous hotel conference room I’ve ever seen. 

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© Pascal Chevalier_Top 2

The words are my own, images were provided by Assouline Publishing.

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