has always been a fashion capital and Maje is a
certifiably Parisian brand.
I love Paris; its architecture, its culture, its cafés… Paris is the city where I founded Maje and it’s always an inspiration in my design.
Judith Milgrom, founder and creative director of Maje.
Coming to Paris
as a teenager, the Moroccan-born designer epitomises Parisian chic.
Sister to Sandro founder, Evelyne Chétrite, the pair breathe a
particular elegance into all they create. Engaging with Paris’s
charismatic nature, Milgrom maximises on the fashion capital’s
sartorial standards, reinventing classic items with a certain
We flâneured about the city with Judith to take in some of her
Where do you go in Paris for inspiration?
I love sitting at a café and watching women move, walk, live,
especially at Le
Flore; so Parisian.
What are some lesser-known Parisian brands you like?
There are many, depending on my appetite. Le Duc for fish,
for traditional Japanese, Cebus for pasta – it’s the tiniest
restaurant in Paris. Not forgetting Chez Nini for the best couscous
and grills in town – it reminds me of my childhood in Morocco.
For a blow-out dinner go to…
Kaspia. I also like the cosy ambience of Castel.
Best place for clubbing?
I used to go to Les Bains Douches and dance all night in the 90s. Now
it’s more for my son who’ll turn 18 in the coming year.
Tell us a secret spot only locals know about…
Le Sentier, the neighbourhood where Maje started. It’s the Paris
fashion mecca for wholesalers and the neighbourhood has a lot of
energy. When I started my business, we all knew each other and we
also helped each other a lot. Today, it has changed but still
The gallery we can’t miss?
Most beautiful place to spend a Sunday?
Les Puces de Saint Ouen for antiques and vintage curios – it’s
like Ali Baba’s cave.
And finally, what’s in your SUITCASE?
I usually travel light. A little black dress, an M bag that you
can carry from day to night, a pair of sneakers, a pair of heeled
sandals, a cashmere sweater, high waisted straight trousers and a
masculine blazer with an underlined waist.