Former British diplomat turned luxury interior designer, John Paul-Welton, has opened his inaugural flagship boutique in Paris. The Welton London boutique is located in the Saint Germain district, a favourite with Paris’ intelligentsia. The chic new boutique opened late 2013 and houses the brand’s entire fragrance collection, including scents launched by luxury designers such as Christian Lacroix, Courrèges, Kelly Hoppen and Karl Lagerfeld.
Inspired by his travels as a diplomat, Welton Design was launched in 2001. The collection featured clean lines and embodies John-Paul Welton’s sophisticated style. His creations have been a hit with an international clientele for whom he designs bespoke pieces. The Duke and Duchess of Cambride reportedly splashed out more than $1500 on Kelly Hoppen fragrances by Welton London. In 2012, Welton London became a fully-fledged perfume company at the launch of its first eau de toilette collection. The design-led Paris boutique has been designed in the brand’s signature look, with a combination of chic black and lustrous chrome.
A spacious Haussmannian apartment in the very heart of Saint-Germain houses John-Paul Welton’s new showroom. Artworks, beautiful books about architecture, photography and fashion and crystal pieces by Daum and Saint-Louis from the 50s can all be found in the showroom. The original magnificent parquet floor was given a new lease of life, and furniture was designed by the designer in his factories in Italy. Ever playing with contrasts, he has dressed a wall in quilted silver leather, ostrich embossed for a highly fashionable visual effect.