After two years as menswear designer for France's grandest luxury marque, Kim Jones could, if he wanted to, just about describe himself as a Parisian. After all, he has a flat in the 1st arrondissement in the streets of Little Japan, just north of the Grand Palais, that's a convenient 10-minute walk from his studio at Louis Vuitton. At weekends he enjoys the grand galleries of the Right Bank, walking his miniature pinschers, Dexter and Lulu Fishpaw, and window-shopping in the backstreets.
Jones, though, remains firmly English. 'I'm a definite expat, that's for sure,' he says when we meet in that studio. Unrepentantly Anglo-Saxon, he cheerily confesses that his French is not up to scratch yet - 'everyone in the studio speaks English, and I haven't got any spare time to do the homework' - a situation not helped by his fondness for watching British TV on satellite. He is a regular haunter of WH Smith by the Jardin des Tuileries to catch up on the English press - 'they've got a brilliant selection of magazines' - and BookMarc (owned by Louis Vuitton's creative director, Marc Jacobs) for weightier tomes. Food-wise, Jones favours Ralph's - Ralph Lauren's restaurant - for a Sunday lunch that's light on the garlic ('It's nice to have something a bit English-y if you're feeling homesick').
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