Paris has more than 62,000 stores and services and an unequalled retail density in the inner Paris area: 29 shops per 1,000 inhabitants (compared to 18 in London and 16 in Milan).
Paris has all kinds of retailers: independent shops, major national and international brands and department stores
60% of tourists cite shopping as their main reason for visiting the city (after culture and heritage). Tourism and commerce are complementary and together account for 26% of direct employment in the capital.
Don't forget the 12% tax refund. Paris is more competitive than Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong.
Printemps: Founded in 1865 has a remarkable feature of the Haussmann store is an elaborate stained-glass cupola above the main restaurant in the store, installed for the 1923 rebuilding. In 1939, to avoid the risk that it would be destroyed in bombing attacks, the cupola was dismantled and stored. A byword for fashion and luxury, this prestigious store boasts 3,000 brands (including 300 exclusive ranges). Its ranges include cutting edge of fashion displayed in a creative setting. Car valet and delivery add to the shopping experience.
Galeries Lafayette : In October 1912, the main store's inauguration was a major event. The store’s 5 floors, balconies and glass dome were advertised all over Paris. Inspired by a neo-Byzantine style, the 33-meter high glass dome comprises of 10 painted windows encapsulated in rich metallic frames and decorated in a sculpted floral motif. The banisters of the lower floors adorned with leaflet were signed by Louis Majorelle. If for no other reason, it is worth visiting the store just to see the magnificent architecture. (see sliding images) The flagship Haussmann store is as visited as the Eiffel Tower. Even the "greats" of the world shop at Galeries Lafayette: the Duchess of Windsor, the wife of Aga Khan, the Begum, Bill Clinton, and Prince Charles who inaugurated the London exposition. The Galeries offers a wide selection of brands for men, women and children, plus a home decor store (Lafayette Maison) and delicatessen (Lafayette Gourmet).
Le Bon Marche: The first department store to open in Paris (in 1838), Le Bon Marche is the hippest of the department stores and the home of French sophistication. Featuring the latest fashions, furniture and even a delicatessen, this store offers the ultimate in "Left Bank"chic.
Your fashion expert has a professional training in lifestyle PR and journalism and is partner in a company which produces reproduction vintage fashions.
If you're looking for eye-catching clothing, you'll be happy know we offer 3 tour routes, which offer a great selection of clothing stores. If you’re looking for clean lines and minimalist sophistication, then we’ll take you where you need to go. If you want to pick up a few cheap but snazzy items, then we know where to find that too. Your expert will help you navigate your way around the language, the price (if necessary) and present each vintage seeker with Secret Address book (some known and some a little more off the beaten track to explore in their own time)
Or join our vintage fashion expert at her private home and she will share with you the mystery, history and passion for fashion from days gone by...
From the corsets and conical bras to stockings and shoulder pads.. this lighthearted and anecdotal look at women's fashion through the past century will arouse your style senses with a little help from some fabulously fashionable phantoms. Discover the truth about Aunt Fanny's allure, marvel at Snooker Hall Celine's creative flair and appreciate the steadfast style principles behind Coco Chanel's enduring classics and the fascinating truth behind Dior's New Look collection. Granny's transparent flapper dress will never be the same again!
Step back in time through the capital's best vintage addresses from old school haberdasheries and belle epoque shopping arcades to quirky vintage boutiques and chic private salons.
Be introduced to lesser known addresses and their charismatic sellers and allow the vintage passionista in you to seek out your vintage desires. The experience will also enable you to enjoy a few morsels of fashion history and insider tips on what you should be looking for before a stop at an elegant vintage salon du the to indulge in something truly scrumptious and savour your newly acquired purchases.
Our tours pass through some of the most historically and architecturally interesting parts of the central city, so we will also take short pauses throughout our tour to learn about the significance of the neighborhoods and buildings we pass. We will gain an appreciation of the evolution of commercial life, which has increased and declined in importance over the past few centuries.
Shopping Tour 1 - Palais Royal/Opera/Concorde
Meeting: Exit of Metro Louvre-Palais Royal
Duration: 2 1/2hrs
Departures: Tuesday 10:00am
A trip to the Palais Royal will begin the tour with the aim of beginning with the king of vintage 'Didier Ludot and an unrivalled collection of couture spanning 1920's to 1980's. These ancient galleries also house other vintage boutiques filled with brands such as Dior, Chanel and Givenchy and more unusual finds.The walk continues past other specialist stores spanning round into Opera where our voyage back in time will take us through 19th century shopping galleries filled with little antique shops, book shops, tearooms and authentic brasseries and haberdasheries like the ones Granny took us to.
Last stop Angelina's where you can run shoulders with the ghosts of Audrey and Coco whilst sipping their famous hot chocolate L'Africain tres chic in authentic ambiance...
Shopping Tour 2 - Bastille and La Marais
Meeting: Exit of Metro St Paul
Duration: 2 1/2hrs
Departures: Thursday 10:00am
A meandering tour around the village St Paul, Le Marais and beyond into Bastille winding through the medieval streets of Paris will allow walkers to discover some of the most popular and well priced vintage boutiques in Paris. Don't worry though, shoppers will be taken on the best days in time for new stock, less crowds and the best finds as well as being shown a few out of the way places. What are you looking for?.. a wartime miltary jacket? a crazy pyschadelic dress from the sixties or a divine Lyon silk peignor?..We will help you find it....
You will visit fantastic contemporary design stores. All the current trends are taken care of – 60s pop-kitsch, sleek European sophistication and the other-wordy charm of North-Africa. Homeware, decoration, and great gifts are all on offer here! What better souvenir of Paris, or gift to take home, than a beautiful objets for the drawing room?
Final stop a super sweet little vintage tearoom for tea or hot chocolate and some stylish people watching.
Shopping Tour Three - Pigalle Montmarte - On Request
TheMasterclass experience - brings to life your inner femme fatale, simmering seductress or sexy secretary... A glass of bubbly, homemade macaroons, the sweet sounds of Edith Piaf and a veritable treasure chest of beautiful things provide the prelude to the ultimate ladies weekend!
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 3:00pm
Duration: 2 - 2 1/2hrs
Inclusions: Champagne and Macarons
Our aim is to help you discover the joy of vintage shopping - Paris style. Informed of your favourite vintage desires and dress sizes in advance, we will source secret addresses on behalf of guests and present a treasure chest of cherry picked clothes and accessories in the intimate location of the home boutique on the River Seine just 15 mins from central Paris.
A fast-track fashion lesson in historical and anecdotal context: imagine you knew nothing about women in Europs in the past 100 years, what clues can we glean from their attire were they trussed up and shut up or footloose and fancy free? who are the designers to look out for, which were most influential, what era is coming back and which era will always be in fashion?
We'll end with Champagne and Macarons of course!