Boutiques, Shopping & Fashion

We aren't shopaholics on France Revisited but we do have an eye for beauty, trends and novelty, we do occasionally run into designers, craftsmen and -women and shop owners, and we enjoy sharing tidbits about shopping and fashion through the ages as we explore boutiques, shopping and fashion in Paris and Paris region.

Fancy Tiles and the King’s Virginity

Olivier Mangnez’s showroom Villa Paris presents old-fashion, artisan-made tiles of terracotta, stone, and enamel, including collections of delft, azulejos, marble marquetry, mosaics and others, made à l’ancienne in the countries where the individual styles originated or where bygone traditions of production are maintained.

Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, Goes Christmas Shopping

Our favorite fetish photographer Va-nu-pieds, aka The Barefoot Photographer, went out for some last-minute Christmas shopping in Paris but they wouldn’t let him into...

Looking for Lorraine in Paris and Finding Alsace along the Way

Trains from Paris's East Station head into the Lorraine and Alsace regions of France, but products from those regions are found in and by the station.

Departure of signs and numbers from the heart of Paris

My favorite little shop in Paris, one of the last living vestiges of the historical belly of Paris that was the Les Halles Quarter, closed at the end of July 2009. It had been a long time coming--rather, going. It isn’t easy making a living selling...

Black Friday à la Française

At first I thought it was the ad campaign for a new American horror film opening in Paris. I then realized that the signs...

Wanderer

Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Beckett, Miller, drama, poetry. On her first visit to Paris, Scottish playwright Morna Young is looking for something as she wanders through the celebrated bookshop Shakespeare and Company but she doesn’t know what… until she finds it.

Paris Haute Couture for the Birds

Is haute couture for the birds? Absolutely, says fashion follower Corinne LaBalme, who joined the flock at Paris Fashion Week to report on the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. With stylists pushing the envelope, haute couture has always functioned as the canary in the fashion mineshaft.

The Bonjour Rule

Along with Beware of Pickpockets and Travel Curiously, the Bonjour Rule is one of the top rules to live by as you visit France.

At the Flea Market: Leyla’s Antique Textiles

An encounter with Leyha Ahi, seller of antique textiles in Marché Dauphine at the Saint Ouen Flea Markets on the edge of Paris, Porte de Clignancourt.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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