If there’s any group outside France who’s familiar with the Paris shopping scene as much as the Parisians themselves, it’s fashion directors. After all, they travel to Paris frequently for shows and press trips, so they know the French capital as well as the back of their (elegantly gloved) hands.
Below, Paris’ best shopping secrets from ELLE Singapore’s own fashion director, Sharon Tulasidas.
Astier de Villatte
173 Rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris, France
What to get here: Handmade pottery, stationery and scented candles
What’s to love: I like that the things are shabby chic and quaint, as opposed to something overly luxurious. And the store has a nice homey feeling, like a Paris apartment. This is one for the bohemian, creative person that has some appreciation for rustic charm. If you’re someone like that, there’s definitely something you’ll want to take back with you!
12 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, France
What to get here: Gloves
What’s to love: This store is really the expert in glove-making. You can see it from the range. Whether you want prints or solid colours, different sizes and materials – it’s all here. I’ve got very short and stubby fingers and yet I could find something that truly fit.
38 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, France
What to get here: Minimalist jewellery
What’s to love: The jewellery here showcases the work of different craftsmen and designers from all over the world. It’s unique and very modern, which seems to be the vibe now. You get a lot of one-off limited editions that are quite minimalist – they’re almost like tiny sculptures, but not to the extent that you have to be very fashionable to pull it off.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
What to get here: An eclectic mix of homeware, fashion and books
What’s to love: This multilabel store has a very industrial-bohemian vibe. It’s hip yet homey – totally unpretentious.
28 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris, France
What to get here: Clothes by Hermes’ former designer
What’s to love: While Lemaire is fairly well-known, his label and store still has a cult vibe. It’s a must-see if you like the type of clothes that he does. He also loves music so listen out for the store soundtrack, that’s renewed every season.
10 Rue de Grenelle
What to get here: Chunky, ‘80s glam jewellery
What’s to love: If you like power suit toppers or chunky pearls, you can find it all here. Which is quite special because you don’t really find these kinds of things in Singapore. There’s a certain European chic feel about them. The ball-sized earrings really caught my eye – they have a bit of a ghetto fabulous vibe!
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
What to get here: Antiques, thrift shop clothing, vintage homeware, knick-knacks
What’s to love: There’s so much at this massive 7-hectare space that you can find just about anything! This is the world’s largest antique market and if you look hard enough, you can find some real gems. My (non-smoking) friend found a vintage Hermes ashtray here.
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