We sit down with the globe trotting Stephanie Hirschmiller, European Editor of Footwear News to get an exclusive inside look of a day in the life of a top editor, hear about the latest emerging shoe designers that we should all know about, and the coolest places to eat and shop in her Paris neighborhood.
Q. As a fashion editor and special projects director with previous titles ranging from British Vogue to The Daily Telegraph, you are currently the Paris based European Editor of Footwear News. What is your typical day look like?
I moved to Paris from London nearly three years ago to take up the FN role. I travel a lot as I cover both the men's and the women's show seasons for Europe but Paris now feels like home. When I'm here, I start the day with morning yoga, but before you roll your eyes, this involves approximately three minutes of sun salutations and job done. I'd like to say I hit the new Barry's Bootcamp that's just opened here for a 7am class but I'm not a morning gym bunny.
Then I fire up the Nespresso machine. My daytime beauty routine is skin care focused no-make-up make-up. Right now I'm loving Dr. Barbara Sturm's Hyaluronic Serum, By Terry's Cellularose Liftessence Rich Cream, Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick and Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist. It doubles up as a sunscreen. My go-to scent for day is Alaia Nude.
I catch the Metro line 8 to the office which is right beside place de la Concorde. As I'm the only FN body in Paris I share the space with other publications owned by umbrella company Penske Media like WWD and Variety. The 18th century building has soaring ceilings and windows to match and massive fireplaces. It basically looks like a grand Parisian apartment. With Macs. First up, I tag team with New York and LA on online breaking news stories and catch up on emails.
The rest of the day I'll work on bigger picture features for the magazine and digital and do meetings and appointments with Paris based designers and PR companies like DLX, Ritual Projects, Lucien Pages, Giorgia Viola and Caroline Charles. The most exciting emerging footwear designers here include Amina Muaddi, Amrose Paris, Both Paris, Dondoks, Jacquemus and Martinez but Paris is also a great base to meet up with and shoot Europe-wide talent like By Far, Giannico, Jennifer Chamandi, Les Petit Joueurs, Manu Atelier, Midnight 00, Paris Texas, Samuele Failli and Wandler. I also handle FN's social media for Europe so I'll often work on video content too.
Favourite lunch and coffee spots are Balagan on rue d'Alger, The Crillon right next door on Place de la Concorde, Girafe at the Trocadero and Citron, Simon Porte Jacquemus cafe in Galeries Lafayette's new outpost on the Champs Elysees. He also designed the uniforms.
I'll generally have a lot of evening events too but otherwise I'll head to a Kalon Cardio Barre class at Hotel National des Arts & Metiers or half hour Hiit classes at the Marais branch of L'Usine. Kalon is run by two former classical ballet dancers and all the instructors also are also dancers at cabaret joints like Lido and Moulin Rouge. The instructor kit is sponsored by Repetto.
Q: Where do you live in Paris and what do you love about your neighborhood?
I live on rue Charlot in the 3eme in the Haut Marais. It took me a year to find it because I was really specific about where I wanted to be. I gave estate agents a map with a 100 metre wide circle and they thought I was crazy because the rental market here is insane but it paid off in the end.
My apartment is beyond bijou but I love it. It's white and Dior grey with blonde wood floors and massive windows so it's flooded with sunlight in the mornings. I live next door to my Italian landlords who are architects and completely remodeled it. I viewed it before it was finished, signed on the spot and moved in the week's window between Paris Fashion Week and Couture Week last year.
A stone's throw from my house is Gloss-Up on Rue Charlot, the cutest nail bar in Paris, Fanny Airault's pioneering Gang of Earlybirds - the first boutique in Paris to stock By Far - on Rue de Normandie, Jouannault fromagerie on Rue de Bretagne for dinner party requests and hair guru Christophe Robin on Rue Bachaumont.
Stephanie wearing a vintage Michaela Beurger Sweatshirt
Q: What’s your go-to café or restaurant?
So many. Cafe Charlot of course at the end of my street, Big Love, the tiny gluten free pizzeria by Big Mamma Group on rue Debelleyme, Candelaria, a tiny Mexican tapas place on Rue de Saintonge - there's a secret door at the back leading to a late night cocktail bar, Derriere on Rue des Gravilliers, the original Wild & the Moon also on Rue Charlot, Hotel National Arts & Metiers where I do Barre and which has an amazing roof terrace in summer and Sinner on Rue du Temple which just opened this summer. If I'm heading back into town, I love Caviar Kaspia where the entire fashion set heads during Fashion Week, Matignon where the leopard print stair-carpet offers boundless Insta opportunities as I invariably match it, LouLou's in Carrousel du Louvre and Piaf on Rue Jean Mermoz where everyone ends up dancing on the tables after dinner.
Keep up with Stephanie by following her on instagram @stiffyhm.