If only the mighty American dollar were not in the gutter right now. I need a vacation. My next trip is a shopping excursion to Paris! It wasn’t until I read Adrienne Ribes-Tiphaine’s pocket-size shopping guidebook Paris Chic & Trendy
(Parigramme, 2006). The book is chalk full of recommended designers’ studios, hip boutiques and vintage shops. Arranged by Arrondissement, this beautifully photographed (by Sandrine Alouf) makes you feel like a seasoned veteran to Parisian shopping.
From apparel to shoes to jewelry and vintage bags, the 54 stores chosen attracted Ribes-Tiphaine not only becuase they were unique, but for the stories behind them. “I put myself in the shoes of this urbane,
stylish Parisienne who is looking for good deals, who wants to be ‘branchée’ and wants to have a style that not everyone else has,” says Ribes-Tiphaine
“[The Parisian woman]
doesn’t like to be too much of a show-off, too new, or too neat.
There’s always a part of her past in her look. She’ll wear the family
cashmere sweater that is handed down from mother to daughter."
Parisians are less likely to buy on impulse, they have to get used to the
item, and to understand why they want to buy it, the story of the
designer is important too. They want it to last and gain value, Ribes-Tiphaine explains.
Ribes-Tiphaine considers the following must-haves to pull off the Parisian look; slim
jeans, a close-fitting button-down shirt from A.P.C., a pair of high
heels or Repetto flats and a soft leather bag from Jérôme Dreyfuss.
A sample of the shops mentioned;
Hoses for shoes and bags
41 rue de Poitou, 3e
A.P.C. for reasonably priced basics, especially the button-down shirts
112 rue Vieille-du-Temple, 3e
Tsumori Chisato for playful designs
20 rue Barbette, 3e
Trésor by Bridgitte Mason for colorful non pre-fab silhouettes
6 rue du Trésor, 4e
L’Eclaireur for being ahead of the game
8 rue Boissy-d’Anglas, 8e
Mamie for apparel finds with history
73 rue de Rochechouart, 9e
Isabel Marant for amazing self-labeled designs
16 rue de Charonne, 11e
Métro: Ledru-Rollin or Bastille