By Shea Parton & Luke Warner
Photos by FrenchTrotters
At Apolis, we are grateful for the positive response of our local and international retailers. We are now privileged to include Paris' FrenchTrotters as our most recent retail partner. To celebrate this new partnership, and the spirit of local French village markets, we have released a limited edition collaboration of our Market Bag, co-branded and painted with the drapeau français, French flag. Each of our retailers and supporters like yourself have contributed to the third re-stock of the Market Bag and our Bangladesh Advocacy Impact.
Our new friend and the proprietor of FrenchTrotters, Clarent Dehlouz, was born and raised in Paris, and lived and studied abroad in London and New York before meeting his wife Carole in a university photography course in 2003. Two years later they opened the first FrenchTrotters shop, in the Bastille. Raised in a cosmopolitan family spread across France, Algeria and the Fillipines, his financial broker father inspired him to be determined and persistent, as evidenced by his young start in the boxing ring, at age 6. His mother was a dancer in Paris and brought creativity into the home as he was growing up.
From his experiences, he has learned that it's nearly impossible to succeed if you're not passionate, and he's grown to understand that it takes patience and hard work to stay focused. Two years ago, the Dehlouzs opened their men's shop in the Marais as well as a children's boutique next to their flagship.
We're excited to be stocking our complete collection at FrenchTrotters and are pleased to finally have retail presence in Paris.