• Veronique Nichanian – Hermès’s Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz is never who you think he (or she) is. And inside Paris, the emerald city of fashion, behind a curtain in a fitting room, on the third floor above the famed Hermès store on rue Faubourg St. Honoré and rue Boissy d’Anglas, stands a petite brunette with dark bangs who’s been […] 2017-05-16
  • The Talented Mrs. Harriman Before she was the American ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman was either the wife, the mistress, or the political benefactor of some of the world’s most powerful men. JOHN VON SOTHEN retraces the life of a 20th century Leonard Zelig, whose life ended in the vaulted pool of the Hotel Ritz. 2015-11-25
  • The 10th arrondissement – Paris’s secret garden JOHN VON SOTHEN reveals why Paris’s most diverse and hipster arrondissement has become France’s Ground Zero. 2015-11-23
  • Philosophical mic dropping at the Flore DOROTHEE PARTERRE organizes an open mic night at the Flore where modern day French minds and pens, (dead and alive) return to their literary Mecca to deliver a meta form of comedy the city hasn’t seen in years. 2015-04-25
  • The French guy with the GQ Eye For over a decade now, I’ve been the eye in the sky and the guy on the ground in France for American GQ, contributing pieces that vary from fashion hot takes to restaurant takedowns, to Sarkozy’s presidential look, to Tony Parker’s (at the time) desperate housewife. Thanks to the column, American readers not only know what wine […] 2014-10-10
  • Asterisk Posters “Ce n’est ni un scotch, ni un bourbon, c’est du Jack.” read the French translation at the bottom of the poster. And thank God for that. For a moment there, I didn’t know what I was reading. I thought it might have been a poster for a movie, featuring the actors It’s Not Scotch, It’s […] 2014-04-13
  • My moleskin and moi My moleskin, that leather-bound notebook I used to write in, no longer inspires me – probably because everyone, it seems now, has one. I see mothers with Moleskins writing down the number of naps their kids take. Guys at the gym tote around Moleskins to mark down their reps. I even noticed my shrink taking […] 2014-04-11
  • Zero Dark SoPI – my jihad against the hipsters of Paris Until now, the hipster nation’s war on Paris has known no limits and has suffered few setbacks. JOHN VON SOTHEN takes us deep within the central command, revealing one person who’s ready to take it down from within.  2014-03-17
  • Stop asking me for a “bonne adresse” Every day it seems somebody wants a “bonne adresse” (an inside travel tip basically on where to eat, buy, or see something). It could be the Parisien friend who’s about to visit New York, the American friend about to come to Paris, or the neighbor looking for a good resto in the 10th, not to mention the […] 2013-10-17
  • Organ traffic JOHN VON SOTHEN turns his attention to the organ transplant scooters he sees whizzing by him in Paris – the emblem of French socialist medicine and a harbinger of what’s to come.  2013-10-10