After two years under wraps, The Drugstore, that enormous building at the top of the Champs Elysées is up and running. At first sight it’s like “is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Drugstore.” To give it the Full Monty, call it, Publicisdrugstore des Champs Elysées, founded (circa 1958) by the late great maven of communication, Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. Destroyed by fire in 1972, it’s today headed by the dynamic Maurice Lévy, President, who recalls “we all knew and loved le Drugstore, where you could find everything at any time of the day or night.”
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Seems there’s no stopping Alain Ducasse. He just got into bed with Chanel. Together they’ll create a top-floor restaurant in the new Chanel building now under construction (design by architect Peter Marino) at Ginza, the Avenue Montaigne of Tokyo (no, I don’t know how much, but think plenty yen). “This is a first for us, going into gastronomy”, admitted Richard Collasse, Director of Chanel, Japan. “Chanel and Groupe Ducasse share the same values of luxury, which means we’re perfectly in synch with each other and will create a prestigious, original and delicious concept,” Collasse told BP. Whatever next, Chanel macaroons? I do hope so. Come to think of it, they’ve done a watch that resembles a chocolate bar, and a handbag, so it’s obviously the next step in the evolution of la maison.
Born in Britain and now based in Paris, Margaret Kemp graduated from The Cordon Bleu and spent a year working and watching in the kitchens of top chefs from Sydney, Australia via Bangkok, Hong Kong, California, New York and France. Realising she would never win the coveted 3-Michelin stars, she decided to write about the people who do, the “disciples of Escoffier.”