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est. 2007
  1. Shopping in Paris: the 1st arr.

    Here are a few more shining jewels in Paris to check out…

    Didier Ludot
    20 & 24 galerie de Montpensier
    This boutique-meets-museum stocks an incredible range of vintage couture. I spied an entire rack of Chanel jackets, as well as shelves of designer handbags (loads of Hermes) and rows of shoes.

    Walk across the glorious Palais Royal Gardens to Ludot’s third boutique, La Petite Robe Noire. The avenue of trees provides a cool shady break on a hot summer’s day. Watch the locals sunning themselves by the fountain (and the tiny sparrows playing in the dust).

    La Petite Robe Noire
    125 galerie de Valois
    What’s not to love about a shop devoted entirely to little black dresses? Ignore the astronomical prices and admire instead the museum-quality vintage couture (Dior et al), as well as Ludot’s own range of vintage-inspired black frocks.

    Astier de Villatte
    173 rue St. Honoré
    Take home a few pieces of these distinctive rustic French ceramics. I liked the white-glazed platters and the little birds.

    213 rue St. Honoré
    It’s fair to say that Colette is responsible for the term “concept store”. And it’s still the leader of the pack, with a hipster’s collection of cosmetics, fashion, books, music and food. It was nice to see Australian beauty brands Aesop and ModelCo in the mix. The fashion floor upstairs with its forest of designer-clad mannequins is also a lot of fun.

    368 rue St. Honoré
    Two floors of Cacharel is my idea of a fab shopping experience. Nice new range of handbags, and I’m loving their patent-leather bon-bon necklaces. Head downstairs for their sweet range of children’s clothes.

    Comptoir des Contonniers
    342 rue St. Honoré
    I’m a big fan of this label and its love of simple, streamlined garments with a strong graphic sensibility. This season, their smock dresses in graphic prints of grey and navy get my vote.
    p.s. They have five stores in London.