ARTIFICE began as an accidental blog in Paris and has grown into a point of view that is decidedly irreverent about the world of art, culture and luxury. ARTIFICE 'at its best' happens when the world of luxury meets boho sensibilities.
Pikke Allen is a Writer, Brand Curator and Principal Consultant of her own luxury brand atelier. Her passion for all things French is a tribute to her dad, French teacher and a devoted Francophile. Growing up on the left bank in Paris was a great education and she later studied formally at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon in Fine Arts.
Ms. Allen has been published in VINGT PARIS magazine, a top Paris blog as well as GIRLS GUIDE TO PARIS and her own self-published blogs that bring together the changing world of creativity and digital media.
Creative Director/Editor in Chief | ARTIFICE ATELIER
Divine luxury in a bottle, the new fragrances by Carolina Herara are well, let's be clear, some of the best array of combination fragrances I have experienced. Many couture houses and brands have attempted to create a wardrobe of fragrances... Go to Story
The Secret of Marie Antoinette’s Garden at Versailles for tea lovers.
My discovery of Nina's occurred during an event at the Ritz Hotel a few years ago where the tea was served before the hotel closed for renovations. The aroma's of Nina’s teas wh... Go to Story
The Left Bank siren call has never left me. I have lived there first as a teenager and later returning as a young college exchange student; I used to walk by and peer into the gates of this hotel garden, curious as to its history and imagining its ... Go to Story
A Polish couture designer that has arrived recently in Paris was inspired by the credo of
Henry Miller for her second big show:
“Write first and always, painting, music, friends, cinema,... Go to Story
The wind and fresh spring rains blew through the show at Issey Miyake where all the girls wore his new tech fabric: 3-D stretch. A Miyake show is not just a runway showcase but an entire concept that begins with the music and sounds. Ei Wada, create... Go to Story
Before there was a lifestyle brand there was Agnes B, the inventor of the resort wear and the woman who brought casual French style to the world. Without Agnes B, there would be no blue and white striped sailor shirt, the one made famous by Picasso. ... Go to Story
Textra Saverio: The Parametric Collection takes you to a beautiful planet in the stratosphere.
The gown created for Kim Kardashian was breathtaking and exhibited all of the techniques for which this designer is known: layers of f... Go to Story
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