French Friday #20: Valise

 This week's French word

by:  Mademoiselle Love


pronounced:   | vah - leez  |
 Translation - suitcase

Today, I'm hanging out at the most adorable (how can they all be so adorable?!) coffee shop inside of a market in Tribeca called All Good Things. The name is very à propos because this is a place where you can buy- you guessed it- all good things, from flowers and chocolates to jewelry and candles and from fine meats and cheeses to local produce and hand-crafted goods. I forgot to mention that their coffee shop is a mini Blue Bottle coffee shop, so I knew just what to get- a New Orleans iced coffee. It's hitting the spot on this hot summer day!

Speaking of summer, Jenée Sais Quoi and I are both doing a lot of traveling lately, and perhaps you are too, so we thought you could use a little travel-inspired French vocabulary, starting with the word valise.

Valise is the French word for suitcase. In English, it is somewhat of an old-fashioned word for a small overnight bag. Let's bring it back, but keep in mind that in French, it's the word for a normal sized suitcase. Amy Lynn's got it down...

Simone: Amy Lynn, I'm sick of Paris. Let's get away to Provence for a couple of days.

Amy Lynn: OMG, but I don't want to leave Paris. Like, how can you ever get sick of this totally rad city? I don't get it!

Simone: Um, Amy Lynn, if you were from here, you'd get it, but I guess you never will... Pack your weekender and let's go!

Amy Lynn: You mean my valise?

Simone: OMG, yes, you're so annoying.

Amy Lynn: No, you're so annoying.

So, who do you think is more annoying? If anyone's annoying you, I suggest you pack your valise and get out of dodge for a couple of days!

Merci Beaucoup,

Mademoiselle Love
jenée here: Did you know that one of the most iconic handbag brands, Louis Vuitton, started out as a luggage brand? I'm sure at this moment you are imagining a big stack of LV suitcases ready to board the next train. Dreamy, right? LV still makes great travel bags (or valises), but on the softer side for today's modern traveller (you know, carry-on luggage for very cramped flights). I know that we all get tired of this over played logo coated canvas, but last year's Fall LV Ad Campaign is still as fun to look at now as it was then. It romanticizes travel and evokes the desire to dis our wheely luggage. Ooooh the days of the valise. Yes, let's bring back this terminology and at least pretend in our minds that travel is sophisticated again.
Fall Winter 2012/13 Add Campaign 

Mila Canvas Valise Clutch

The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.