Paris travel guide: The best fashion addresses

Mar 01 2013 by
Categories : Travel

ELLE France editors round up the best fashion shops for handbags, shoes, vintage finds and more in Paris.

ELLE France editors give us the scoop on the best places to buy clothes, handbags and shoes in Paris.

• Valérie Toranian – Editor in Chief of ELLE France

• Erin Doherty – Fashion & Beauty Editor of ELLE France

• Elisabeth Martorell – Deputy Editor of ELLE France

• Catherine Roig – Lifestyle Deputy Editor of ELLE France

• Lauren Bastide – Editor of ELLE France & Deputy Editor of

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30 rue Henri Monnier, 75009 Paris
33 (0)1 42 80 30 41
A tiny boutique with unique brands from all over the world, each with their own story and their own unique style. A store beyond trends.

213, rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
33 (0)1 55 35 33 90
You will find incredible clothes and simply the coolest and trendiest gadgets at Colette, Paris’ iconic concept store since 1997. Food, books, fashion and cosmetics (carefully selected by Colette and Sarah Lerfel) await you. A must-see for every newcomer in the city, and a haven for tomorrow’s fashionable finest.
LB: “To be really honest, I never actually buy clothes there. I’m a Zara and Isabel Marant girl. But it’s by far the best place to see, touch and cry in front of all the most luxurious, trendy and desirable fashion items of the season. I can spend hours hanging out on the first floor, in the middle of the mannequins.”

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7 Quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 44 27 00 40
It is in an old bookshop that minimalist designer Dries Van Noten chose to establish his first Parisian shop in 2007, which remains today a hit for not just the fashion elite, but for all fans of his unique and impeccably cut designs.
VT: “I’m fascinated by these designers. They are loyal to their sense of style and philosophy. Unique collections and the decoration of the Dries Van Noten shop is irresistible.”

1 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 43 26 04 12
She is THE French designer who succeeded in winning over the hearts of celebrities and everyday girls. With several boutiques in Paris, Isabel Marant boutiques are an absolute must for great pieces for any season.

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24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 42 22 81 60
One of the most famous department stores in Paris alongside Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché is the department store where the Parisian girls go to shop. An immaculate store with an incredible selection covering everything, from clothes, accessories, beauty, jewelry, to a men’s section, toys, a bookstore, and more. To put it simply, you’re sure to find more than what you came in for.

13 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 45 49 06 68
Founded in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela is still a hit for its original yet classical pieces.

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213, rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
33 (0)1 55 35 33 90
You will find incredible clothes and simply the coolest and trendiest gadgets at Colette, Paris’ iconic concept store since 1997. Food, books, fashion and cosmetics (carefully selected by Colette and Sarah Lerfel) await you. A must-see for every newcomer in the city, and a haven for tomorrow’s fashionable finest.
VT: “For Olympia Le Tan. I love her clutches. They are very creative and have an artistic touch.”

6 rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris
33 (0)6 08 84 99 03
By appointment only
Delphine Delafon launched her line of handbags in 2011, reinventing only one model: the bucket bag. Python, goatskin, straw, you name it… In every colour and in three different sizes. You’re sure to find the one you love.

1 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 43 54 70 93
He created costumes for Michael Jackson a decade ago, and ever since then, his brand has grown incredibly that he is now one of the best designers in Paris. His bags are chic yet effortless, not to mention handy and colourful. Even if you’re not looking to buy something, do check it out for the aesthetic pleasure.

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10 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
33 (0)1 53 23 99 42
Avenue Montaigne is certainly the most luxurious avenue in town and is home to many designer brands. The Prada store will fulfill all of your dreams under one roof, since it carries menswear, womenswear, accessories and cosmetics.
CR: “PRADAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I am obsessed with this Italian brand… But maybe one day I’ll have a Hermès bag."

10 rue Charlot, 75004 Paris
33 (0)1 42 66 16 02
This designer has been creating bags for 20 years now and the least we can say is that he does it well. For every purse and every girl, everyone will find “The One” in his shop.
LB: “I discovered this brand just recently, I got a weekender bag one month ago. I can’t spend a day without it now.”


58 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris
33 (0)1 40 26 61 01
58M’s philosophy is simple: a wide range of shoes, but only the most original and beautiful. For Lanvin, Givenchy, Michael Kors, and even Repetto flats, Minnetonka moccasins…
VT: “I really like Tila March shoes, and 58M has a great selection.”
LB: “All my favourite brands are there : Repetto, Minnetonka, Avril Gau, K Jacques, Church’s, Lanvin, Converse, UGG, Sorel, all the classics. Plus many designers, such as Margiela, Givenchy, Jil Sander…”


24 rue Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 43 26 69 20
A tiny shop packed with shoes, bags and leather goods. Open since 2010, this discreet store is already a hit.
VT: “I really like Tila March shoes.”

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31-34 Galerie Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royal, 75001 Paris
33 (0)1 42 61 53 52
This lovely lady has everything you could wish for. She specializes in accessories ("clothes take up too much space", she says), and offers rare bags, sunglasses and leather goods… She always has a story to share with you, and will do her best to help you find your treasures.

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64 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris
33 (0)1 42 21 17 37
Kiliwatch has been a reference in vintage clothing in Paris since 1996. Fur, jeans, leather and more, the shop offers a wide range of goods and mixes classic brands (Lee, Wrangler, Barbour) with new ones (Suit, Von Hundred).
VT: “I find gifts for my children there.”
LB: “I am a thrift addict. There are so many great thrift stores in Paris. This one is a little more expensive but it definitely has the best display and organisation.”


3 Passage Alexandre, 75015 Paris
33 (0)1 43 27 00 97
This is the place to find an authentic parka or safari jacket. This real army outlet will help you complete your wardrobe with the right military edge.

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18 rue Andre del Sarte, 75018 Paris
33 (0)1 42 62 10 88
If you like a good discount, you’ll love this place. This APC outlet is one of the most interesting outlets in Paris, offering great discounts on the brand’s previous collections.

92 rue des Martyrs 75018 Paris
33 (0)1 42 59 75 35
In this shop, you will find the previous Maje collections at reduced prices.
LB: “A good French brand. It’s really cheaper here, even though you won’t find the latest collection.”

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Clothes at Valentine Gauthier



VT: “You can find all the big brand names when you walk down rue de Grenelle. Once you’re done shopping, you must have a drink at the Café des Arts next to the Dries Van Noten store.”

LB: “I like to start off with Colette and then window shop all the luxury boutiques on the rue Saint Honoré. I’ll eventually stop by Zara – the one that has probably the best selection in town – and end with the Place du Marché Saint Honoré for Marc by Marc Jacobs, American Apparel and a burger.”

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58 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
33 (0)1 48 87 68 40
Having worked for Martin Margiela and Rochas after graduating, Valentine Gauthier now has her own brand of clothing, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s eco-responsible. Some even label her as the new Isabel Marant, another good reason to give her shop a try…

By Marie Gas – 44 rue Etienne Marcel, 75002 Paris
33 (0)1 40 26 35 93
A designer who modernizes the basics and reinvents the classics, Laurence Dolige’s pieces are sold in this little shop situated on the trendy Etienne Marcel street. Tops, skirts, pants, jackets and even accessories, everything you need to look feminine and Parisian is here.

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11-12 Galerie de Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royal, 75001 Paris
This little shop nestled in the Galerie Montpensier right behind the Palais Royal Gardens, offers a wide range of über-trendy brands: a must for any fashion addict. However, the address is confidential, so be ready to queue before being able to enter the store…
VT: “Cool and sophisticated. The cotton they use is incredible. I love their bleached jeans.”

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