10 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Abou d'Abi Bazar organizes their collection of up-to-the-moment
designers on color-coordinated racks that highlight the asymmetrical
design of this opulent boutique. Artsy and bohemian all at once,
there is plenty to covet here, from frothy Antik Batik silk-organza
blouses to sumptuous cashmere-blend tunics and satin shirt-waist
dresses. Its reasonably priced picks make it a very desirable destination.
112 rue Vieille du Temple
APC features a decidedly Euro-hipster insouciant look. Standouts
include unwashed denim pants, blazers, long-sleeve shirts, cotton
pants and crisp, nicely cut slacks, jackets, and chic dresses.
47 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
A-POC stands for "A Piece of Cloth" (also a play on the
word epoch). Japanese designer Issey Miyake's concept: a fabrication
technique that allows for hundreds of clothes to be cut from one
piece of tubular cloth, resulting in clothing that you can customize
at will. Contrary to first impressions, Miyake's clothes are eminently
wearable. There are even adorable styles for children.
43 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Barbara Bui's meticulously tailored jackets and curvaceous blazers
might bring in the crowds, but the perfect-fitting pants have got
her loyal clientele hooked. Clean, classic and timeless, Bui's effortlessly
cool pieces can be worn season after season—lucky, since with
four-figure price tags for a linen jacket or a silk dress, Bui's
fashions are as much investment as pleasure.
22rue des Francs-Bourgeois
ba&sh is by Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, high school friends
with no previous design experience. They create urban chic, beautiful
clothes. Feminine, light, airy, and structured. Their line is dominated
by dresses that are sweet and unfussy, Dresses come in shirt-, shift-,
and sweater styles; belted tunics; and trousers, blouses, and equestrian-esque
3 rue des Rosiers
L'Eclaireur splits itself between the women's wear and the men's,
around the corner. It maintains avant-garde tastes for designers
such as Martin Margiela, Paul Harnden, and Anne Demeulemeester,
plus a smattering of more omnipresent labels like Chloé and
6 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Et Vous takes its cue from the catwalk; turning out affordable,
extremely well-cut clothing: pants (low waist/slim hip), knee-skimming
skirts, chunky sweaters, and classic work wear with individual details.
41 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Les Petites is the brain child of Isabelle Benichou, who was “la
petite” in her family, the youngest of seven children –the
name of the store is derived from that. Don’t worry, they
don’t only have small sizes. They serve up modern, urban clothes
with a feminine touch. The stores organize the clothes by color.
44 rue de Poitou
L'Habilleur is a favorite with the fashion press and anyone else
looking for a great deal. For women there's a great selection from
designers like Plein Sud, Maria Calderara, and Issey Myake. Men
can find suits from Roberto Collina and Strelli at slashed prices.
9 rue des Blanc-Manteaux
Another brand hoping to fill the void between Zara and top designers
like Chloe, maje is full of cute clothes with interesting and well
thought out details.
75 Rue Vieille du Temple
Manoush which means Gypsy offers girly and glittery frocks which
are romantic and colorful. From rabbit printed dresses and patch
work knits, Manoush is as girly as Jane Birkin and bohemian chic
like Vanessa Paradis according to the designer.
3 rue des Rosiers
Patrizia Pepe is one of the dynamic new generation of Italian designers.
Her trendy, low-slung jeans and beaded tops in subtle shades are
a hit with Italian women on the fast track.
20 rue Malher
Paule Ka stays youthful yet proper, with springy, knee-skimming
dresses in cotton piqué, coats in black, white, or navy with
three-quarter-length sleeves, and evening gowns showing just enough
décolletage or leg.
42 rue des Francs Bourgeois
Zadig & Voltaire is the A-list destination for young fashionistas,
offering street wear at its funkiest: racy camisoles, pointelle
cashmere cardigans in offbeat colors, cropped leather jackets, and
form-fitting pants to offset those French derrieres.
68 rue Vieille du Temple
Designer handbags, purses, wallets, etc. both fashionable and practical.
9 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Fancy, colorful leather footware crafted in Spain.
118 rue Vieille-du Temple
All four Bon Ton locations have a fantastic edit of kids' clothes
and gifts. While the versatile designs are simple with muted colors,
there are also nice details like smartly tailored sleeves and Swiss
23 rue Debelleyme
Calesta Kidstore is Paris's hippest destination for children up
to eight years old and their parents. A continuous loop of projected
cartoons entrances kids while adults browse racks of the latest
clothes and a connoisseur's selection of furniture, toys, strollers,
and those leather-and-shearling baby carriers favored by supermodel
42 Rue François Miron
Filled with impressive gadgets, toys, and games, the shop also has
a clever owner who knows every inch of his extensive and tricky
inventory and can demonstrate how everything works.
11 rue Saint-Paul
This modern store has classic Scandinavian and German wooden toys,
simple stuffed animals, clothes, and lots of games. It's a perfect
place to pick up a gift, or to find items to replenish the toy box.
39 rue François Miron
Opened in December 2005, this children's boutique has beautiful
silk and bamboo kites, children's clothing, and chic home accessories.
33, rue de Poitou
Alongside clever ceramics, glass and lighting by emerging designers,
it features wallpaper printed with trompe l'oeil interior tableaus
- who needs a real Le Corbusier loveseat when you can have its image
on your wall? - for $286 a vignette. Meanwhile, a witty $313 chair
with rococo patterns engraved into its laminated plywood surfaces
packs flat for the trip home.
47 rue des Francs Bourgeois
Muji runs on the concept of kanketsu, or simplicity. The resultant
streamlined designs for sportswear, housewares, and other supplies
are all the rage in Europe. Must-haves include a collection of mini-necessities
-- travel essentials, wee office gizmos, purse-size accoutrements
-- so useful and adorable you'll want them all. They're perfect
for gifts, but the happy recipient is likely to be you. Consider
visiting on weekdays, as the stores get very crowded on weekends.
24 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
Sentou Galerie knocked the Parisian world over the head with its
fresh designs. Avant-garde furniture, spiral staircases, rugs, and
a variety of home accessories line the cool showroom at 29 rue Francois
Miron. Look for the Spring Vase, old test tubes linked together
to form different shapes, or the oblong suspended crystal vases
and arty tableware at 24 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. Be sure to
stop by 18 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, a small shop devoted to table
settings with charming hand-painted plates, salt and pepper shakers,
candleholders, and such.
22 rue St-Paul
The Red Wheelbarrow is the Anglophone bookstore -- if it was written
in English, you can get it here. The store also has a complete academic
section, a wonderful collection of special-edition historical reads,
and a great selection of children's books for young teens and under.
Check out its fliers for info on English-language readings, given
at least once a month; local artists and visiting authors pitch
in on events, and sometimes that piano comes into play.