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In Paris with Early June

On a calm street down by the Canal Saint Martin, Early June has earned a reputation as a place of pilgrimage. Founded in 2019 by Victor Vautier and Camille Machet, the small wine bar and restaurant operates with a simple philosophy: what if we invited all of our friends to cook here?

Featuring a series of travelling chefs who take over the kitchen for special, one-off residencies, Early June has changed the landscape of contemporary cooking and they have a great time doing it.

We recently caught up with the team there to find out more.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Way of Seeing

Ellsworth Kelly was about to turn 33 when he staged his first exhibition in New York City. By then, he’d already served in the military, lived in Paris, met Picasso and, in 1953, returned to America. In Paris, he sold one painting in six years before he was evicted from his studio and sent packing back to New York. When he arrived back on home turf, his paintings did little better. He was seen as too European, too out of step with the artistic tides of the city. At that very first exhibition, Kelly only sold two paintings. Despite the auspicious beginnings, though, those years in Paris were pivotal to Kelly.

Dara Klein’s Italian Kitchen

Down a residential road in Islington, north London, Dara Klein has conjured up a dream Italian restaurant. Operating out of a tiny kitchen at the Compton Arms—a pub that has served as an incubator for other London success stories like Four Legs and Belly—Tiella draws inspiration from Dara’s Pugliese background and the recipes she grew up recreating and absorbing. Italian home cooking as it should be.

Wearing Drake’s brushed Shetland knitwear and our selvedge denim chore jacket, we visited Dara at Tiella to find out more about her kitchen philosophy, the perfect at-home tomato sauce, and the joys and challenges of running your own dream restaurant. 

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