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I know I wrote about Maison Labiche very recently, but their pop-up shop looks so exciting I can’t help but mention them again. The hipster design studio has set up shop at 56 de la rue de Rochefoucauld to celebrate young Parisian designers and made-in-France craft, the perfect place to find a quirky Christmas present.

Three years after its birth, the Maison Labiche atelier created by Marie and Jenny, opens the doors to its first pop-up store in Paris. As well as offering its signature embroidered t-shirts and sweaters, the temporary space is selling a carefully curated edit of accessories and decorative objects by young Parisian labels, until the end of the year.

The chic collection includes fragranced clutches from Kerzon, sunglasses by Waiting for the Sun and Bois2, hand-made lingerie from Slip Français, cult Parisian stationary by Papier Tigre, umbrellas by Kumo and watches from Rich Gone Broke, this minimalist new space created by Jenny Richard, is a celebration of contemporary cool and French craftsmanship. I want it all.

Discover the Maison Labiche & Friends pop-up store right up until the end of the year, at 56 de la rue Rochefoucault, open Tuesday to Saturday.

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I was surprised and thrilled by the shopping scene in Munich. Hidden in huddles on small side streets, the shops here are unique and characterful. Design is big on the agenda and I was pleased to discover unique concept stores, jewellery studios, stationery shops and best of all local designers. Here are my top five shops from the Munich highstreets.

Falkenberg: I want my home to look like this shop. Falkenberg owner Sabine presents a carefully curated collection of beautiful and intriguing things including fine furniture, books, clothes, stationery, candles and jewellery from designers across Europe. The best concept store in town.

A Kind of Guise: A Kind Of Guise was born from the idea of creating products which are equally well designed and of high quality in terms of both production and the materials used. All the garments are made locally in Germany, and are immaculately tailored. I loved the thick winter shift dresses and lovely shirts.

Saskia Diez: A renowned jewellery brand in Munich, the work of Saskia Diez is delicate and thoughtful. I particularly liked the ultra thin rose gold rings, and the special fragrances, Silver and Gold that she recently created.

Papierladen: It is no secret that I am a total stationery addict and this is where I got my Munich fix. An array of stylishly arranged books, pencils, paperclips and other writing paraphernalia. It is known to locals as “the one with the beautiful papers”… I couldn’t agree more.

Cheers from Downtown: Another Munich born brand who recently opened up shop to offer local designers work to the public. The team are friendly and enthusiastic and the clothes are cool and inspiring. A great place to buy a stylish German souvenir.

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The Bella Freud Sporting Fred Sweater was spotted all over fashion weeks, and ever since has been flying from the shop floors. Priced at £165.00 the Merino Wool garment is delicate but warm.

It was Fred Perry himself who first made tennis sweaters this way, giving them an athletic flexibility and a sharp edge. The company created this sweater in collaboration with Bella Freud choosing 100% extra fine merino wool and ribbing at the hem, cuffs, and collar so it hangs close to the body. Bella gave it some of her own style in a playful tribute to the brand’s sporting heritage and Fred himself with two intarsias – one on the chest spelling “sporting,” and another on the left sleeve spelling “Fred”. The statement sweater is finished off with an embroidering of the 30-leaf Laurel Wreath to the lower left corner. It is a smart and sophisticated monochrome and will complement any winter wardrobe.

See the whole Bella Freud for Fred Perry collection here.