“There’s a certain charm to tailored stationery from a 138-year-old, family-owned shop, or made-to-order, silk-and-satin lingerie from a 19th-century boutique, that cannot be replicated. And Paris (as the world’s fashion capital, naturally) is arguably the only place where you can find the both the widest range and highest quality of exquisite luxury goods. Here, the city’s best boutiques.
If you’re looking for a quintessentially French boutique, look no farther than Karry’o—which carries vintage pieces (from the 60s, ’70s, and ’80s) by houses like Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Chanel. Its owner, Karine Berrebi, a couture designer herself, also created a namesake line that is available in-shop.
In 1975, Marie-France and Bernard Cohen founded Bonpoint, a high-end childrenswear company. In 2009 they decided to give back with Merci, a sprawling, 116,146-square-foot concept store near the Bastille (with all Merci’s profits going to helping children in Madagascar). Marie-France’s taste is as lofty as her values. Once one crosses the cobblestoned courtyard and enters the store, dresses by Isabel Marant (from $640), Carven (from $460) and Vanessa Bruno (from $330) hang cheek by jowl near rows of books, flower arrangements, and furniture.
Eclaireur means “scout” in French, and Armand Hadida, who, with his wife, Martine, founded L’Eclaireur in 1980, is a master scout. Hadida travels the world looking for up-and-coming designers whose work he sells, promotes, and curates at his Parisian boutiques. He championed Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, and others long before it was de rigueur. Now, Hadida has partnered with Philippe Starck to open a beautiful new shop at Le Royal Monceau. Thirty-two years after his first boutique opened, Hadida continues to audaciously display Oscar de la Renta gowns (from $4,325) next to the avant-garde, like the almost alchemical jeweler Sara Weinstock (from $1,070) and scarves from Italian knitwear label Faliero Sarti (from $200).
With a wide selection of fragrances from perfumers such as Diptych, Acqua di Parma, Penhaligon, and others, this concept store also offers on-location consultations for custom scents.
Family-owned since 1880, Benneton Graveur has perfected bespoke, engraved stationery. The atelier also offers gorgeous leather goods such as luggage tags and card cases.
This by-appointment-only, red-and-gold boutique specializes in the finest satins and lace for bespoke lingerie pieces. A Parisian mainstay since the 19th-century, the boutique is still owned by the Cadolle family.
Paris is a city where the refined mixes with the rough, the high with the low. Hobbs epitomizes this. Patrick Lifshitz, its founder, was born in Egypt just before the Nasserian revolution (where his father, a film producer, discovered Omar Sharif) and spent his youth shuttling between Italy, England, and Switzerland before landing a job in Paris ferrying around visiting rock stars like Bob Dylan, Donovan and Leonard Cohen. In 1982, after a career at Polydor, the record label, he founded Hobbs, which specializes in only the finest cashmere. But he hasn’t left rock stars behind. He adorns his cashmere sweaters (from $655) with iconic images of everyone from John Lennon, whose estate he has a contract with, to Mao to Che Guevara. Now, his collection includes vibrant cable-knit sweaters (from $590), blazers (from $790) and cardigans (from $525) unadorned with revolutionaries.
For three generations, the Massaro family has been making Paris’s best shoes, which is to say the world’s best shoes, in a second-floor shop on Rue de la Paix. Raymond Massaro, who designed Chanel’s iconic beige-and-black flats in 1957, passed on the business to Phillipe Atienza in 2008. Today the shop is owned by Chanel, and it also makes prêt-à-chausser shoes for men.
On the Left Bank in the St.-Sulpice area, Liwan takes you on a trip to the Middle East. For 21 years, Beirut-based designer Lina Audi has been working with artisans from Lebanon to produce simple, modernized versions of local art. The result is an assortment of satinated-cotton duvets (from $795), handmade gold leather slippers (pictured, from $335) and glass lamps (from $320).”