Built from 1787, the Hôtel de Bourrienne is a unique Parisian symbol, containing interior decorations dating from the Directoire, still preserved today.
From 1792 onwards, it was inhabited by Fortunée Hamelin, who made the hotel a mecca for social receptions where Bonaparte, Joséphine de Beauharnais and Madame Tallien rubbed shoulders. A muse of the Merveilleuses’ fashion, Fortunée Hamelin caused a sensation in the whole of Paris, one day walking along the Champs-Élysées, dressed in a simple flesh-coloured gauze rag, split up to the hips and hiding nothing of her chest. Mischievous and impertinent, she also seduced by her intelligence and held one of the most popular salons of the time in the Hôtel de Bourrienne.
The place was then bought by Louis Fauvelet de Bourrienne, Napoleon’s private secretary, who left his name to her. An entrepreneur at heart, Charles Beigbeder breathed new life into the Hôtel de Bourrienne through an eponymous collection, but also by opening it up to young creation.
In March 2019, it is the Belgian designer, Olivier Theyskens, who sets up his offices and showroom on the second floor of the Hotel. A place for the exchange and circulation of ideas in the image of the salons of the time.