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♥ 20 – Maison Chanel
31, Rue Cambon. Is there a more mythical boutique in the world? And it was to know this boutique when I was still very young that I made my first trip to Paris.
Coco Chanel was my inspirational diva, a myth that inspired me a lot in my passion for fashion. In addition to the famous “Chanel” handbags, think that it was exactly here that Mademoiselle Chanel revolutionized fashion codes.
She wiped off the tight corsets of looser dresses from the 1920s, shortened her skirts, cut the women’s hair (hence the “Chanel” cut), created the fashion of the tan, allowed the use of long trousers for women, wide coats, fake jewelry, long-handled bags to keep your hands free, plus the first perfume in the world created by a stylist.
Do I need to explain why it’s almost feminist to visit this boutique?
- 31 rue Cambon, 75001
- Tel.: +33 1 44 50 66 00
- Metro: Concorde
♥ 21 – Charvet
Would you be indifferent about owning a unique shirt in the world, made with a haute couture? For this is possible at Charvet, one of the most magical shops in Paris, known for producing Rolls-Royce made-to-measure shirts.
Located in the prestigious Place Vendôme, in a listed building dating back to 1838, Charvet was the first company to open a specialized shirt trade in the world and continues to maintain the tradition and savoir-faire that made it internationally known.
Founded by Joseph-Christophe Charvet, the son of Napoleon’s wardrobe master, he introduced all the knowledge he received from his father to the perfect achievement of shirts and other men’s wardrobe pieces.
Over the decades, the excellent quality of shirts, neckties, Charvet jackets, has enticed customers from around the world like Baudelaire, Manet, Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Oscar Wilde, Kings and Queens of Europe, Debussy, Proust, General de Gaulle and President Jacques Chirac of France, as well as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and even today Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Copolla, Christian Louboutin, and so many celebrities who love the perfect shirt.
It is worth a visit to this five-story mansion, where, in addition to the bespoke service, you will find other more affordable pieces. There are more than 6000 options of fabrics in Egyptian cotton and French silk, hundreds of ties (famous for their Charvet fabric) and foulards, silk scarves and cufflinks, as well as penhoirs, ties, socks and wonderful pajamas.
A unique space in Paris for men and women who want to discover the refinement of French fashion and the art of bespoke, where imagination has no limits.
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- 28, place Vendôme, 75001
- Tel.: +33 1 42 60 30 70
- Metro: Tuilleries
♥ 22 – Fauré Le Page
Another mythical brand of Cambon Street, but this time almost guarded as a little secret, is Fauré Le Page. Some years ago I had heard a few whispers among fashionistas who love exceptional and little-known pieces.
To briefly tell his story, Fauré Le Page was originally created in Paris in 1717, making bags to store the weapons used by kings and princes of France for almost three centuries.
All this before even his “rivals” of leather goods like Goyard (1792) and Louis Vuitton (1854). His “savoir-faire” and his sophisticated achievements created pieces destined for the main courts of Europe.
Fauré Le Page was also known for engraving its logo on canvas in a craft process similar to silk printing. Today, purses, wallets, suitcases and other accessories are made with the same process of the time. Being a “confidential” and extremely sophisticated brand, she became the “darling” of chic Parisians who love a rare piece.
- Fauré Le Page
- 21, Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris
- Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 27 99 36
- Metro: Concorde