The Ladies in Paris

From Claire comes this awesome photograph of The Ladies in Paris!

While adventuring around Paris I found this shirt in a shop window and knew I had to send you a picture.  I completely blanked and didn’t get the name of the store it was in (so sorry) but I do remember it was somewhere north of Notre Dame.

So somewhere above the cathedral, the Ladies hang out in a Paris store window. HAVE A LOOK AT THAT!

Seriously, if I had seen that, I would have walked straight into the glass in shock. HOW AWESOME.

Have I ever shared the origin of The Ladies? The Ladies are a 1940’s vintage eyeglasses advertisement illustration. Candy found them when she did the original design of the site (I bought the domain, and she did the first design, which is why the first banner read “Smart Bitches who read Trashy Novels” – oops) and we bought a license to use the image from the museum that had created the original high-resolution scan. The illustrators back then were never tracked or credited, so we have no idea who created the image, but whoever it was, s/he was excellent.

And The Ladies look spiffy on a shirt, too!



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  1. 1
    Carolyn says:

    That is so neat!!

    Smart Bitches – capturing the world one reader at a time.


  2. 2
    Kathleen O says:

    This is fantastic….if we find out maybe we can get them on your site to order..

  3. 3
    ev says:

    Smart Bitches in France!!! How frackin awesome!

  4. 4
    ev says:

    But if they are using it and selling it and you own the rights, shouldn’t you be making something off it????

  5. 5
    Gemma says:

    The photo shows enough of the label to track down the t-shirt. It’s by someone called Rabbit Jelly. Googling finds this t-shirt (also sleeveless t-shirt) available to buy online (aimed at the UK market at least).

    In one place it’s called “ladies in glasses” ( and another it’s “geek glasses”. (

  6. 6
    Ros says:

    I am still clinging to the myth that the Ladies are really Sarah and Candy in eyeglasses and retro clothes.  DO NOT DENY THE MYTH.

  7. 7
    Ros says:

    @ev I’d be amazed if the Bitches bought the rights to the image.  What they bought is a license to use the image.  That doesn’t stop someone else buying a similar license.

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    Katherine C. says:

    Oooooooh!!! I want one.

  9. 9
    SB Sarah says:

    Testing testing 1 2 3 !

  10. 10
    SB Sarah says:

    Ignore me.

    Anyway, @ev, I didn’t buy the rights to the image itself, just the unlimited use thereof. So The Ladies appear elsewhere. Like, France!

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    Jessica MD says:

    I’m feeling really dumb cuz I just now noticed that there’s a pyramid in the picture… O_O

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    Brandyllyn says:

    Whenever I’m out and want to look up the Smart Bitches website I always write I always assumed I was just stupid and had no memory – but if that was the original banner (and I’ve been lurking this site since very close to when it started) that means I’m not stupid at all!

    Just resistant to change.

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    SusanL says:

    I would totally buy the t-shirt :D

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