Five manly boutiques
On a small street in Montmartre, this boutique with its retro décor (tiled floor, clean white walls, metal shelves and lamps) offers a range of quality clothing for men from brands such as Emile Lafaurie, Dr Denim and Lee. From terracotta coloured jeans (€70) to mustard pullovers (€70 euros) to ebony suit jackets (€200).
This is a hairdresser for real men – in an age when more and more men are sporting beards, what could be more natural than a renaissance of ancestral know-how from a classic barber? L’Atelier Gentlemen – run by Sébastien Paucod, who has been a barber for more than 20 years – has understood its clientele well, offering a no-frills, chic and modern barbershop.
Clubbers hit Royal Cheese to snaffle up hard-to-find imports: Stüssy, Cheap Monday and Lee for the boys; Insight, Sessun, Edwin and Lazy Oaf for the girls. Prices are heftywith Japanese jeans costing up to €200.
'Dandyism is the last spark of heroism amid decadence,' said Baudelaire. Taking this as its motto, Arty Dandy is a concept shop that embraces the surreal, the tongue-in-cheek and the poetic - an R.MUTT sticker to create your own Duchampian loo, and the 'Karl who?' bag (which KL himself has been carrying) are instant pleasers. More sublime offerings include Jaime Hayon's 'Lover' figurines and Sebastien Le Gal watercolours.
Named after a metro station in owner Julien Bouzereau’s native Montreal, Beaubien is a small, carefully curated men’s clothing store, at once stylised and individual. Bouzereau previously worked for Carven and Kitsuné, and has a taste for Japanese labels that use French words in their branding.The chic wood and leather décor frames sophisticated sportswear, clean lines and quality materials from Scandinavia, Japan and America.