25 July 2014


[Chapter: Good reads, Japanese + zakka]

While it’s true that many of us who live outside Japan love Japanese crafts and stuff, the Japanese themselves are very much in favor of zakka from overseas, particularly France!

Life-styles With French Goods [フレンチ雑貨と暮らしたい] is by Akemi Matsudo [マツドアケミ/松戸明美], the founder of Zakka + and this is her shopping guide around Paris for great French zakka.

Here are some absorbing pages:

French zakka wouldn’t be complete without Alain Gree, an author and illustrator of detective novels and numerous well-loved vintage children’s books (many of which are out-of-print). It was after seeing this that I ordered online a set of postcards with his original illustrations which I’ll show you the next time.

Akemi also shares a few easy craft ideas for metro/museum tickets, paper-box packages and etc.

Comments (9)   2007.10.29

  1. From Isastuce

    This book seems to be beautiful !
    Thanks for your message on my blog about my sleepers !
    Could you give me your e-mail, please ? It will be easier to answer to your comments.
    My e-mail is : isastuce@free.fr

    At Isastuce’s blog: Chaussons maison

    2007.10.29 @ 2:25 pm

  2. From heidi

    can’t wait to see hwat comes out of your work days!! thanks for the zakka love!

    At heidi’s blog: new

    2007.10.29 @ 10:20 pm

  3. From Jessica

    I would love to get Life-styles With French Goods. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    At Jessica’s blog: Boo Frames

    2007.10.29 @ 11:15 pm

  4. From Tracy

    Those look fantastic–lucky your to get that book. And so excited about you crafts and possible sale…can’t wait to see/hear more! Oh, stop by and see me when you get a chance…I’ve tagged you for a great new meme! :o) ((HUGS))

    2007.10.30 @ 3:36 pm

  5. From tea time and roses

    I am so excited for you! And as I have said before the knots are so beautiful… I know they will be loved by many. Happy Happy!



    At tea time and roses’s blog: Bits and Pieces…..

    2007.10.30 @ 7:10 pm

  6. From Jade

    Wow, Clara! I love, love, love that book. Do you have an ISBN for it? I’m looking forward to your post about the postcards, too.

    At Jade’s blog: Conquering the fear

    2007.10.31 @ 5:35 am

  7. From Linda

    I’ve noticed that the Japanese love all things French. Do you know Lollipops? It is always full of young people, many of them from Japan. There are several shops in Paris and more around the world. My daughter in law happens to be the designer! website: http://www.lollipops.fr

    At Linda’s blog: The French Class: the end

    2007.11.01 @ 12:59 pm

  8. From stéphanie

    I try to buy this book for more than a year; know a site you in English which sells it?

    2008.10.11 @ 6:25 pm

  9. Pingback From French zakka ain’t complete without Alain Gree

    [...] this French author and illustrator whom I had mentioned earlier? I promised to show the postcards with his original art, so here are 3 from the set of [...]

    2008.10.17 @ 3:31 pm

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