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The French make some of the cutest children’s clothes. It’s like buying doll clothes for babies. Tartine et Chocolat and also Bonpoint are two of the most famous and their shops near Place Vendome and in St.-Germain-des-Prés, respectively, have a selection from 0 to pre-teen. 

On the other hand, shopping for large sizes in Paris can be a challenge. A few years ago I was shopping the Paris January sales with a friend of mine. He happens to be 6’4". Long story short, it proved tough to find a shirt and pants that fit him. So, here on this list, you’ll find included a shop that fits the big and tall kind, as well as one that specializes in tuxedos and men's formalwear rentals. When you're in a bind as to what to wear to that black-tie affair, this shop, Au Cor du Chasse, comes in handy for the gentlemen. 

For us ladies… If I could shop at one store and one store only that would be Hermès. Or Chanel. One day, I will. But for now I will just fake it with previously loved designerwear jewels from Didier Ludot's fabulous vintage boutique in the Palais Royal where it's all about the little black dress. That, paired with one of their silk scarves, and you really wouldn’t need to wear anything else…

But, for those of us who still pull our fashion looks together on a budget, I’ve listed some great shops for men, women and children where, paired with your eye for style, you can dress like the best and demurely tell everyone, I got it in Paris, darling, where else ?!

For sporty-minded guys and gals there's a shop called The Kooples. They have a spin-off boutique just for sportswear. Here you can spend some fun together-time shopping for his-n-hers. 


Didier Ludot is the famous haute-couture vintage shop located at the Palais-Royal. He opened a complimentary boutique on the other side of the gardens, in the Galeries de Valois, that carries exclusively little black couture vintage dresses. Superb! It's true, you can't help but feel like Audrey (Hepburn, that is) when you're browsing through his racks. His taste is impeccable and you'll find only the best labels: Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel, Chloé, Hermès, etc. If you have time to shop for more than just that one exquisite black dress that will have you looking fabulous no matter where you go and with whom, then do head over to the Montpensier side of the Palais-Royal galleries for a peek into his main boutique. Yes, it's all vintage, too.

Didier Ludot is the famous haute-couture vintage shop located at the Palais-Royal. He opened a complimentary boutique on the other side of the gardens, in the Galeries de Valois, that carries exclusively little black couture vintage dresses....  Read More


Clothing shopping for the kids is one of the most entertaining kind of shopping you can do in Paris. Some of the little bon-bon like shoes, tops, ensembles and accessories that these kids' clothing shops come up with are so sweet they're tempting to eat. This is one of the best and even the name of the shop is what you often eat for breakfast as a child in France. Both boys and girls clothes can be found here and for expecting mothers, this is a much appreciated, high-end registry for the newborn. The other shop in Paris that is convenient and well-stocked is their Blvd. St. Germain location.

Clothing shopping for the kids is one of the most entertaining kind of shopping you can do in Paris. Some of the little bon-bon like shoes, tops, ensembles and accessories that these kids' clothing shops come up with are so sweet they're...  Read More


This couturier is famous for sculpting women's bodies. In the age of curves, his is a good address to know. Most of his dresses are made to order, but this shop here in the heart of St. Germain-des-Pres has a few racks of ready to wear. These dresses are the epitome of elegance and femininity. Who wears these dresses? Think Dita von Teese and Monica Bellucci, women who look, well, like women. This look hugs curves and also shows curves off to their best light. Anyone familiar with the Herve Leger brand will instinctually recognize these designs and, indeed, this is the couturier who originated that brand. Now he designs his own creations under this brand name.

This couturier is famous for sculpting women's bodies. In the age of curves, his is a good address to know. Most of his dresses are made to order, but this shop here in the heart of St. Germain-des-Pres has a few racks of ready to wear. These...  Read More


Photo courtesy of Bonpoint copyright 2013

The story of Bonpoint, the luxury children's clothing store, begins in 1975 (officially). Prior to that Marie-France Goutal, one of the five founding sisters, was a stylist at Dior. She and her sister Dominique dreamt of dressing their children in the kind of clothes they adored. BonBon was born. Their meeting with an antiquarian, a man who owned a shop called The Point, was the alchemy that created Bonpoint. 120 shops worldwide later, this children's clothing brand dominates in the highest circles (think princesses, princes and celebrity royalty). Their concept shop in St.-Germain-des-Prés really is worth stopping into. It's housed in its own self-standing townhouse. Each fabulous themed room leads to the next even more fabulous room. During the warm months, its terrace café offers a secret little spot in which to relax and repose. Toys and books complete the children's shopping scenario.

The story of Bonpoint, the luxury children's clothing store, begins in 1975 (officially). Prior to that Marie-France Goutal, one of the five founding sisters, was a stylist at Dior. She and her sister Dominique dreamt of dressing their children...  Read More


Photo courtesy of Ekyog Marais photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

I wandered into these boutiques for a solid year without having any clue that it's a sustainable fashion line. A sustainable French – as in Made In France – casual wear fashion line. That's saying something. The boutiques are all over Paris, from Passy to the Marais and their new collections each season have just enough originality to make you feel like you have exerted at least a bit of your personal taste on the trends of the day. Case in point, when everyone was sporting orange, Ekyog revealed its bright yellow jackets. That was nearly two years ago, well before the yellow you see everywhere today in, say, Zara shop windows. What's more, these clothes, crafted from all sustainable textiles and even some organic cottons, are built to last.

I wandered into these boutiques for a solid year without having any clue that it's a sustainable fashion line. A sustainable French – as in Made In France – casual wear fashion line. That's saying something. The boutiques are all over...  Read More


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