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I am proud to announce the launch of The Perfect Provenance this weekend, a new art inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café located in Greenwich, Connecticut at 47 Arch Street (on the corner of Grigg Street). We are thrilled to introduce our new curated concept store, and we hope you will love as much as we do. Perfect Provenance, which means — a place of origin; especially that of a work of art or archaeological specimen — will seek to discover, share, and exhibit artisan products and designs from around the world.
Our mission is to bring the best of the museum experience to our retail environment and an interactive retail experience to our merchandise. Every 8 to 10 weeks, we will introduce a new exhibition theme inspired by culture, events and people, both past and present. Our store will feature art, home, and men’s and women’s fashion.
Our new café, 47, is led by Chef Arik Bensimon and will feature menus inspired by the current exhibition.
Each of our exhibitions will include an array of antiques, sculpture, photography, fashion, music, and paintings. Like so many people, Paris holds a special place in our hearts. The theme of We’ll Always Have Paris, taken from the classic film Casablanca, really spoke to us creatively. Paris is a place where art, food, fashion, and culture all collide in the most magical way.
This project has been a true labor of love, and represents not just an incredible amount of time, effort and emotion over the past year and a half, but truly represents the entirety of my career. I have worked hard over the past 25 years in luxury PR, marketing and retail, and so many of my colleagues past and present, have helped me bring this dream to fruition, I could not have done it without them. I have always dreamed of opening my own store and it is now finally, a reality. I hope you enjoy it. Please visit us soon. We are open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m to 6 p.m. Our Cafe 47 is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To learn more, visit www.theperfectprovenance.com.
We'll Always Have Paris
In 1860s Paris, the now famous French poster was born when artist Jules Cheret invented the color technique of lithography that would bring the sights and smells of Paris to life. Soon, Cheret’s work was posted throughout the city, becoming a symbol of one of the art world’s most important innovations. As the posters gained in popularity decade after decade, each generation and artistic movement spread their message through the art form, from the Belle Epoque and Art Deco, to the two World Wars, as well as the Cubists and modern advertising executives.
With this exhibition, we have tried to give you a small window into the vintage poster world, with work that highlights Culture, Travel, Design, Fashion, and Lifestyle. It is a wonderful way to enjoy art but to also take a step back in time.
In addition to vintage posters, we are featuring sculpture, artwork, fashion, and design throughout the exhibit, from important American, French and Connecticut artists and designers. We are proud to have five pieces from American Master Sculptor David Hayes on display inside and outside the store. Each room offers a new opportunity for discovery.
We’ll Always Have Paris is one of the most memorable lines in cinematic history, spoken in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. When cynical ex-pat Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells his former lover Lisa (Ingrid Bergman), “We’ll always have Paris,” Rick is referring to their brief romance on the eve of World War II — a courtship that ended abruptly with the Nazi invasion of France and the discovery that Lisa’s husband, a presumed dead Resistance fighter, was alive. Rick spoke those romantic words to Lisa in the movie’s final scene, and they have resonated for generations. WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS
Visit us in store to see this and so much more.