Archive for the 'Style & Shopping' Category

Petite Boutique of African Clothes and Accessories

Seeking some modestly priced gifts in my neighborhood, I came upon this bare-bones boutique bursting with color. It’s called Aweny, and its designer Sofia Paraiso makes traditional and modern clothing in beautiful prints and hues. For 20 euros I bought this scarf with an elastic end (which almost looks like a super-skinny pair of pants) […]

Announcing the Hot New Look for Men

In a lot of the major style magazines, and at the luxury fashion houses (which lead the look with their collections and advertising), I’m seeing a lot of glorified housecoats, and garments and handbags covered in appliques. For men, a different look. Here’s a shop window (in the 6th arrondissement side street) that stopped me […]

Secondhand Behemoth

Emmaus is the closest thing to Paris has to a Salvation Army or Goodwill chain. It’s an organization that helps people get back on their feet, and their social enterprise component is a handful of secondhand stores. One of the largest, if not the largest of those stores is Emmaus Defi at 40 rue Riquet […]

The Moment Has Passed

Three years ago I wrote this post about a shop for dowdy women’s clothing. The inevitable has recently happened: the shop closed, and something else has appeared in its place: a Franprix Nano (a mini grocery store). Instead of being sad, however, I find myself relieved that the replacement isn’t something ridiculously trendy, like a […]

A Rare French Holiday Gift

Today’s technology means we’ve all gone global and there are very few things that can’t be shipped directly to your door with the touch of a few buttons (and a credit card!) While this might make life easier, it makes finding truly original and unique presents to bring back from Paris a little harder. Wanna […]

The Most Elegant Hardware Store

There used to be a few more grands magasins (major department stores) in Paris than there are now. When I first visited long ago, there was even still the Trois Quartiers, a store by Madeleine. It has been through many metamorphoses since then but has never seemed to be commercially successful. There was also the […]

Sneak Peek at the Brand New Les Halles

A third incarnation of Les Halles is now ready to be unveiled – with a design somewhat implausibly known as the canopée des halles, and supposedly apeing a tropical rainforest. Ahead of the opening (scheduled for April 6), I was given a sneak preview. Conceived by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Antiziutti, the green structure […]

Iris Brings Advanced Style to Paris

You know you’ve made it to the big time when Le Bon Marche dedicates an exhibition on the main floor and its window displays to you. Style doyenne and fashion superstar Iris Apfel, the toast of the town no matter where she goes, has landed after being absent from Paris for over 10 years. The […]

Paris Survival Kit

Because I am what my family calls the Queen of Guidebooks, I couldn’t resist this Paris Survival Kit I bought in a Paris museum recently. Isn’t it it cute? I bought it because of the genuine information I found in it, such as a few places to eat, work, or send visitors; also because it’s […]

The View from Here

It’s an insider secret that the rooftop of Printemps has some of the best views of Paris. The access to the roof via the escalators going up to the ninth floor is free and attached to the cafeteria. There are also benches to sit on to enjoy the view. I hadn’t been in years and […]

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