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The Angel Being: A Concept Shop

In a world of globalization with familiar chain stores and high fashion brands invading even the remotest places, it’s always nice to see new shops with individual owners who have a singular vision. Off the pedestrian Place Catherine in the Marais is the charming L’Etre Ange, a hybrid home design shop, café, and restaurant. I […]

Halloween Costume Shopping

Parisians aren’t really into Halloween,  but what if you are invited to a costume party? Where will you find a costume? For those of you on the eastern half of Paris, you have the boutique Cotillon Moderne. They also sell online! In the 17th–metro Brochant–you have an address for a real costume shop. Smack dab in the center […]

18th Century Indoor Malls

If you don’t know about the passages, you must learn. I don’t mean to sound professorial, but I made the same mistake—coming to Paris for an embarrassingly long time before I finally made the discovery. The passages are old-fashioned shopping malls from the late 1700s and early 1800s that provided cover from rain, mud and […]

Bon Marche Hearts Japan!

Le Bon Marche has dedicated an extensive portion of the store to the art, culture, food and fashion of Japan. Photos and videos from architect Tadao Ando’s Benesse Art Site Naoshima are featured, as well as a unique capsule collection designed by Chitose Abé for the house of Sacai with asymmetrical pieces made exclusively for […]

No Chain Stores Allowed

In the 4th arrondissement, in the lower Marais between rue de Rivoli and the Seine, you will find a street called la rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. This small street is only about 200 meters long, but it offers some of Paris’s finest shopping. You probably won’t recognize any of the names of the shops on […]

For Plus-Size Parisiennes

Maybe French women don’t get “fat” but they do get “ronde.” One of the best clothing brands for women shopping for size 42-60 (US sizes 12-28) is Jean Marc Philippe, a French brand with three stores in Paris (including 89 rue de Rivoli, 1st). The clothing is mostly made in France, with some items made in […]

Post-War Dressing

I was recently transported back in time to the golden age of fashion when women wore more delicate, feminine clothes and didn’t dare leave the house without a hat and matching gloves. “Les Anneés 50/ The 1950s- Fashion in France, 1947-1957” follows the metamorphosis of post war fashion in France, starting with the revolutionary New […]

Pre-Mixed Bliss

La Cave a Cocktail is a new breed of bottle shop that just opened doors and sells a variety of bottled cocktails. This is strictly a shop, not a bar. The basic range includes standards like a Cosmo, familiars like the Pornstar martini and unusuals like Duc o’Lada (Cachaca-based). They also offer a Prestige selection […]

Chic and Ew

The two extremes of Parisian style for women of a certain age were displayed across the aisle from each other on my subway ride this morning.

Look Familiar?

How cool is this metal chair inspired by the Eiffel Tower? It’s “Sifel Chair,” the work of Caroline Corbeau, who works just outside the city. She is one of the designers represented at Outdoorz Gallery, a specialist in forward-thinking all-weather furniture. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Luxembourg Garden, which is always hosting art shows, gave […]

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