Though Parisians seem to dress almost exclusively in black, Paris is still one of the best dressed cities in the world, with a wealth of shopping opportunities to match. After trawling high and low, check out our favourite three clothing stores in the French capital, which as an unexpected bonus, all cater for both men and women.
Located on the excellent rue de Marseille, Centre Commercial was founded by the people behind footwear and accessories label, Veja, creating an inspiring and collaborative space, home to some of the most exciting names from across Europe. In amongst the gorgeous warm store with vintage Danish furniture and an enticing colour palette, they carry the likes of A Kind Of Guise, Bleu De Paname, Grenson, Nudie Jeans, The Hill Side and Zespa, with a big footwear selection and homeware like candles and magazines. Plus you have to head to this part of town for Du Pain et des Idées, anyway, so you may as well walk up to the store.
Centre Commercial, 2 rue de Marseille, 75010, Paris
With two stores in Paris, one to the east of Bastille, on the side streets away from the busy rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and another in the heart of upper Marais, FrenchTrotters boast a number of collaborative lines and exclusive products to bolster an already impressive who’s who on the rack. Including Acne, A.P.C., Band of Outsiders, Kinfolk, Opening Ceremony, Universal Works and glasses from Retrosuperfuture, the range is a truly global affair and feels as on-trend as you could get from one store. FrenchTrotters do kidswear in a separate store next to the Bastille flagship location too.
FrenchTrotters Charonne, 30 rue de Charonne, 75011, Paris
FrenchTrotters Marais, 128 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, Paris
FrenchTrotters Kids, 28 rue de Charonne, 75011, Paris
Located between Place Vendôme and the Louvre, Colette‘s three-floor Parisian store has gained new cult status since opening its doors in 1997. Reminiscent of the big Opening Ceremony store in Los Angeles, or London’s Dover Street Market, you name a buzz fashion brand and they’ll stock it, plus a huge collection of magazines, homeware and beauty products and a restaurant in the basement. There’s an emphasis on luxury across the store so expect most of the price tags to match, while they’re as cool as can be too, so even if you’re probably not going to spend any more, their store is more than worth it just to browse.
Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001, Paris