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Curated tours personalized tours with a nod to fashion and culture

Paris Craft and Couture Experience Oct 4 - 11, 2019

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

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Your Host

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Leah Van Loon is an award winning fashion and commercial stylist with over 20 years experience in fashion, film and advertising. Her writing and styling work appears in fashion magazines in Canada and around the world. Leah also provides styling and consultation services to brands and her personal shopping clients in both Calgary and Paris. Leah creates group tours for Universities, colleges and other groups of like minded people, as well as private shopping and specialty day trips for her personal clients. She currently travels between her home in Calgary and her beloved Paris where she scouts for more opportunities to bring her guests and clients, ensuring they are experiencing the best of Paris.

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Leah fell deeply in love with Paris on her first trip in 2008 and established Fashion Experience Tours in 2015 to offer a fashion and craftsmanship perspective to her clients travelling to the city of light. Leah has been able to leverage her connections in the fashion industry and her insatiable curiosity to bring you the best Paris has to offer, from couture ateliers and textile artists to fashion exhibitions and workshops. Leah has developed a very special week showcasing the perfect balance of culture, sightseeing, specialty visits. restaurants and more.

 What they're saying about us

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Leah is a true professional and puts the needs of her clients first. She understood my needs immediately and organized the most relevant and insightful tour in Paris. Her knowledge of and relationships in fashion and haute couture run deep. A hard worker, she worked on my custom itinerary for weeks and managed to surprise me in the most spectacular way.
— Devi Vallabhaneni, Textile Artist
I have never put anything on as high of a pedestal in my life as I have Paris. This trip exceeded all of my expectations. As someone who really appreciates fashion, being able to see the city from the perspective of someone who also feels the same way was the most ideal way for me to see Paris for the first time. The days were filled with lots of sight-seeing, fabric and notion shopping, markets, museum exhibitions, and private tours of some well-known ateliers. The itinerary was never too strict that if we needed more time somewhere that it wasn’t possible. And we needed it! The fabric and notion shops were like nothing I had experienced before, especially in Calgary, and I found some priceless items that I can’t wait to use. It’s really a city like no other and I am so happy that I chose to do this tour. 
— Angela Harder - Fashion Major, Olds College
What makes FXT different is the unique contacts Leah sourced. Meeting the artisans and touring inside their ateliers would  only be possible with her contacts. Other tours put people on busses and rush them around missing all the nuances and the fun of the side streets, markets, museums, and restaurants. Leah is able to share the real Paris. The hotel was amazing and also in a real Paris Neighbourhood. I highly recommend the FXT tour to anyone.  It truly was an extraordinary once in a lifetime experience. Merci Beaucoup Leah!
— Donalee McColl-Brotzell - Visual designer, Holt Renfrew
Leah Van Loon’s Paris tour was informative, valuable, insightful, and engaging. We visited historical sites, museums, gardens, popular shopping areas and markets, small local workshops and craftsman. Leah’s connections in the industry provided us with special access to locations. She was very knowledgeable with facts and information regarding people or places vital to each stop and always had a fantastic French cafe to recommend near by!

The FXT experience in Paris with Leah was nothing short of wonderful. She is witty, knowledgeable, entertaining, and very helpful. I would recommend this tour to friends and family in Canada and in Europe who are looking for authentic, exclusive, and exciting!
— Madison Tonellato - Marketing Student, Mount Royal University
Leah generously shared her expertise and contacts to provide a variety of experiences for our students. From “behind the scenes” museum tours, to meeting designers and artisans in their creative environments, our students were exposed to fashion insider experiences, they otherwise would not have been able to have. I highly recommend Leah as a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide!
— Donna Dumont - Associate Professor, Marketing Mount Royal University
 

Paris, France