Given New York Citys penchant for a somber palette, the opening of a branch of French fabric store Les Toiles du Soleil (Fabric of the Sun) in Chelsea seems like mutiny. People are scared of having color in their homes, says Jean-Luc Carrucciu, who runs the outpost with his wife, Sandrine Guibert. But then they start with one piece and gradually add more and more. The company is nearly 150 years old and still handcrafts its vibrant cotton and linen fabrics on old-fashioned looms in the original St.-Laurent-de-Cerdans factory in southwestern France. In a similarly bygone tradition, the Manhattan boutique (two others operate in Paris and Tokyo) sells fabric by the yard and will custom-make any number of home goodsfrom curtains and duvets to tablecloths.
From the April/May 2009 issue of Sherman's Travel magazine