Le Bon Marché
Built by Aristide Boucicaut, a milliner’s son who’d gone to Paris to be a fabric merchant in 1852, this grand magazine offered customers more choice than they’d ever known. Acquired by LVMH in 1984, this friendly, high-end department store embodies the Rive Gauche spirit.
Occupying an old wallpaper factory, Merci is located in Le Haut Marais and features a variety of brands, from interiors to fashion, two cafés and one restaurant.
Understated elegance meets functionality at Christophe Lemaire’s label. Think effortless wardrobe staples in muted colours.
France’s first ever online fashion brand was born in 2013 and now has a small collection of international stores. With a philanthropic initiative,and classic, timeless yet on-trend aesthetic, founder Mrgane Sézalory has created a relevant label that is soaring in popularity in Paris.
Maje and Sandro outlets
Found throughout Paris, these shops offer up to 40% off past collections and are fully stocked with staples as well as show-stopping pieces. From occassionwear to a basic blazer, it’s worth a browse for French-inspired dressing.
Vintage lovers in search of an editorial update need look no further than Frankie Shop. Its wares are now sold online via the likes of Net-a-Porter, but head just around the corner from the Picasso Museum to discover the brand’s original bricks-and-mortar store.
For the man in your life, this one’s a no brainer. The idea behind the brand is simple: find all the best men’s wardrobe essentials and make them the pieces he wears season after season, year after year.
Having created digital clothing brand Rouje three years ago, founder Jeanne Damas has since taken up residence in the heart of Paris. Fans of laid-back French girl savoir-faire should make a beeline.
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