The fashion pack spends a lot of time in Paris, but they don't spend it all at the Céline store.The fashion pack Paris.There are plenty of religious experiences you can have in Rome, but for the truly devout fashion fan, few will rival finding an incredible piece of vintage clothing. The good news is that in the nearly 2,800-year-old city, there are plenty of vintage stores that can really wow a shopper.
What you need to know about vintage shopping in Italy’s capital is that prices can be a bit higher than what you might be used to in American vintage shops, but don’t let the sticker shock stop you from buying something great.
Strategically located on Paris' famed Avenue Montaigne, a short walk to Céline or Saint Laurent or the Grand Palais (home to many Paris Fashion Week shows), L'Avenue is the place to get a glimpse of Rihanna or Kim Kardashian or eavesdrop on a juicy industry conversation. You come for the gossip and the celeb sightings, not the overpriced food and ornate decor.
A fixture of the super cool Marais Nord neighborhood, come to Ofr to browse through the latest indie fashion mags, travel guides, beautiful photo books, and beautiful people. Or stop by for one of their frequent events, at which Paris' pretty young things spill out onto the street with glasses of wine in hand.
Ever since the team from hotspot Saturne took over in 2014, this beautiful old Belle Epoque-style bistro in the 11th arrondissement (with, yes, a clown theme), has become the place to try to score a reservation.
The Parisian outpost of this Seoul concept shop carries a carefully curated roster of established and emerging designers. The store also partners with emerging talent to create one-off collabs.
Need an espresso and a Jacquemus dress? The Broken Arm has you covered. This concept shop-cum-café stocks the hippest new Parisian designers and serves up healthy organic goodies too. A warning though: If you're in the fashion industry, this is not the place to gossip about your coworkers—someone who knows them is probably a (broken) arm's length away.
Opened to the public in October 2014 (attendees at the spring/summer 2015 Louis Vuitton show were the first to get a glimpse), the Frank Gehry designed Fondation is truly a sight to behold. Fascinating exhibits, concerts (Kanye performed here during Paris fashion week), and events take place inside, but just being able to take in the architecture is worth the trip to the Bois de Boulogne.
It's hard to describe Le Comptoir Général. It's a club, yes, but also a voodoo museum, a thrift store, and a restaurant. The North African-inspired multiplex is always filled with an incredibly diverse and attractive group of cool kids. It's no wonder Solange Knowles picked this spot to to celebrate her campaign for Eleven Paris.
Luxury hotel La Reserve just opened in January, but it has quickly become one of the spots for the fashion elite to stay during PFW (Naomi Campbell and Mario Testino included). If you can't swing a stay here (the 40 rooms go for upwards of $1,000 euro a night), grab a coupe of champagne in the gorgeously appointed lobby. Hotelier Michel Reybier teamed up with designer Jacques Garcia, and his exquisite taste is visible at every turn.
Lanvin, the oldest French fashion house still in business, gets its first (and long overdue) exhibit at Palais Galliera. Focusing on the house's founder, Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946), the exhibit showcases over 100 designs from the archives (including an amazing star-covered bathing suit from the 1930s). The collection is enhanced by sketches, vintage fabric swatches, and scraps of Jeanne Lanvin's travel diaries.
The Japanese bento box has emerged as Paris' favorite food fad over the last few years and Nanashi is one of the places responsible. This healthy, organic, Japanese eatery with two locations in Paris has a line out the door every lunch hour.
Ex-pat coffee addicts and Parisian hipsters frequent Fondation on the regular for its excellent espresso. Bonus? Delicious snacks and hot baristas. And they'll give you your coffee à emporter when you're in a rush.