Issue 1
French & English
Winter 2008/2009
96 pages in color
Letter US


Editor’s Letter

PARISLA is born of shared perspectives. It’s a project, like a love story, that comes from the
feeling of being in one place, thinking about another. A place between two cities, between scenes, between people, that exists only in the space of our imagination. In Paris, dreaming of the Pacific. Speaking French in LA. And it’s as true as a clear blue sky above us.

Today America proves that the dream is alive again, reflected in a moment of change. PARISLA believes, if not in change, then in movement. Kick off with the idea of a transversal culture. We share experiences, exchange visions, and bring different states of mind together on the same path. Nothing dictated, only suggested. We push away the cynical feeling of distrust that gradually eats away at us, and liberate our minds from darkness. Act with a genuine nature. Restore a certain romance to life. Feel the poetic emotion. Bring an exquisite taste of love to the surface. It might sound naive, and we like it like that. The balance is fragile, and the nightmare of failure is still around. PARISLA is aware of it.

In between Paris and LA the time difference is one of the longest: nine hours. When we wake up in LA, the night falls on Paris. At first sight it seems impossible to connect the two places. PARISLA is happy to prove the contrary. We bring together long time friends and first-time contributors from across two continents. For our first issue, we fill the empty space with essays, fashion, writing, art, photography, and music that reflect not only two cities, but that sensation of intimacy that is only enhanced by distance. We’ve got the support of the ones who truly love us. We want you to meet with them through the pages, share your own feelings with them. Today we’re extremely touched to let the dream of PARISLA reach you.

Take it, do what you want with it, distort it, adore it, leave it, share it. It’s no longer ours, it belongs to you now.

Dorothée Perret
Sunday 9th of November 08, Paris

Ari, un ami qui vous veut du bien
When Ari Marcopoulos meets Fabrice Paineau they talk about anything but youth culture
Come As You Are
Ed Brachfeld reviews the new Colette

Jules dans Paris by Amy Sioux
Comme un air léger by Cédric Rivrain
Take Me to the Ocean by Eden Batki
Match Point by Johan Sandberg

Monsieur Cooper
Dennis Cooper, a coffee without cigarette with Oscar Tuazon

Go To the VIP Room
Voyage to LA with Torbjørn Rødland

Mutual Horizons
Unclothed by Camille Vivier and Todd Cole

No Age Goes Bonkers
The LA punk rock band are invited to dinner in Paris. Artworks by Amy Yao
Sound and Labor
Record Makers, a French factory abroad. Photos by Patricia Schworer

Bless N°36 Nothingneath Summer 2009 catalog

Collected posts from Do.Pé., a fashion blogline based in the darkness of the enchanted forest