Wondering what to get for the hard-to-please Francophile in your life?

Feeling a bit panicked that there are only 38 days left until Christmas? Still trying to figure out what to get for your favorite Francophile? Let "Mary Kay's personalized Parisian shopping service" help you.

After rejecting the fur coats and crocodile skin bags at the vintage Hermes auction as too mundane and finding the designer watches at Printemps to be rather humdrum, I'm pleased to announce that I spied that special something that is sure to please even the most discerning person on your gift list. Just in time for the holidays and available for a short time only, luxuriant toilet paper embossed with the majestic Eiffel Tower is sure to be the most memorable present of the season.

After reading my new business plan, do you think that I should stop blogging and start a personal shopping service? The brilliant idea came to me while visiting Point WC, a luxury boutique filled with bathroom items, including the Eiffel Tower toilet paper selling for 5 Euros ($6.70) a roll and colored toilet paper for 2 Euros ($2.70) at Printemps. But best of all are the Japanese style toilets that do everything for you. For the low price of 415 Euros ($558), you can get a toilet that completely eliminates the Eiffel Tower toilet paper because this automated wonder washes your private parts with water set to the temperature of your choice and then dries you with warm air.

While I felt like a kid in a candy store, my Japanese friend Itsuko, who is visiting this week from Switzerland, told me that these toilets have been around for a long time in Japan. It looks as if I'll have to stick with blogging for the time being. Eiffel Tower toilet paper, anyone? I've got a life-time supply of it stored in my basement.

For 2 Euros ($2.70) you can try one of the Japanese toilets at Point WC in Printemps. If you're feeling less adventurous, you can sit on a designer toilet seat for 1.50 Euros ($2.00).


  1. From Hermes to toilets--that's a little bi-polar, too fast a transition for me.

    It's funny that one can pay to use the products beforehand but it's also a really good idea, I mean, how else do you have the opportunity to do so? I bet they let truly prospective buyers sit on the seat for free. The Peninsula Hotel here has a suite here fitted out with a Hastens mattress and if you're interested in the mattress that makes it possible to try it out first, of course the room is over five hundred dollars a night. Maybe the Royal Flush is more in keeping with more pockets.

    Roger Federer was famously taken with the Japanese toilets many years ago while visiting Japan and had them installed in his homes. It seems in keeping with his Swiss aesthetic.

    Oh, and I have a client in NYC who has an over the top pink and black powder room and for photo shoots or guests she puts out the black t.p.

  2. Joseph, Sorry about the rough transition. You'll be pleased to know that I nixed the idea of including my dinner at a Japanese restaurant in this post. The title was going to be something like, "Udon noodles at Kunitoraya and toilet paper at Printemps". Common sense prevailed...well, at least partially!

    I usually boycott the toilets at Printemps and go next door to the Galeries Lafayette because they're free. But your right, there is an advantage to being able to try out the Japanese toilets and the designer seats if you're considering buying one. Plus, they're clean.

    That's an interesting bit of trivia about Roger Federer. It's something that I'm fairy sure that Stephane doesn't know.

    And speaking of black toilet paper, there's an Italian restaurant (Grazie) that uses black toilet paper. It really captured my attention. I think that the entire bathroom is edgy and black, but I can see it working well with pink, too. Somehow a simple detail like that makes such a statement.

  3. OMGawd... only in Paris could toilet paper be CHIC!!!

  4. The second oldest of the towers, the wc aufsatz was built in the reign of Richard the Lionheart. Sir Thomas More was imprisoned there in 1534, as was the future Elizabeth I, who was confined there during the reign of her sister Mary.


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