You don’t need frills and pleats to be dressed beautifully – Jaquemus’ clothes, made from simple cotton, linen and boiled wool, are proof of that. From his atelier in Montmartre, 22-year-old designer Simon Porte (Jacquemus was his mother's maiden name) creates minimalist jumpers, skirts, dresses, shirts and tops that make you look perfectly underdressed. Not everyone can carry it off: the cuts are purposefully shapeless – uniform like even - paying more attention to the necklines and sleeves than the waist or chest areas, and the colours are monotone (in whites, greys, blues and reds); but if you’re a twiggy type, Jacquemus’ designs might just be the highlight of your shopping trip. Price tag wise think 350€ for a jacket, 200-300€ for a dress. Visits are by appointment only.
Pantheone is one of the brands that plays with masculine codes of streetwear to create a graphic, colourful, sexy feminine brand. Nili, the singer from band Nilly Wood and the Prick, French rapper BAMS and Olivia from The Dø are all fans of Pantheone’s clothing – women at ease in their trainers who give masculine clothing a new femininity. The haute couture collection goes even further in this funky, sexy fashion: all the dresses come with matching deconstructed baseball caps, the bases provided by MC’s cap brand New Era, and re-imagined according to the avant-garde visions of designers Aurélie Leyre and Déborah Amaral to produce 12 beautiful outfits, each more impressive than the last.
Stylist Roberta Oprandi and artist Bruni Hadjadj decided to kill two birds with one stone at this boutique: offering a choice of designer pieces and creating a communal exhibition space for international artists. Hip brands and diffusion lines from major labels like Carven, Acne, MM6 and Marc by Marc Jacobs share the space with designer furniture and a range of artworks. We also found lamps tables and chairs from the ’50s to the ’80s, including names like Friso Kramer and Pierre Paulin.
In the middle of the friendly and colourful Château Rouge area, this formidable florist deserves its title of ‘atelier floral’. In a state of perpetual evolution, the window display and interior are regularly renewed with great care and a rare sense of composition; it’s difficult not to be charmed by the bonsais or the rainbow of bouquets that ornate every square foot of the boutique. Also, the helpful staff are always ready to help you save a dying pot plant or decipher the complexities of plant names. A delightful address in an area that’s slowly changing.
Effigies of Frida Kahlo, wrestling masks, floral printed fabrics, woolen ponchos, Jesus and Mary fridge magnets, lucky skeleton charms and hand-painted ceramics from San Caterina Palopo. No, you’re not living a weird Latino dream, you’re in Tienda Esquipulas, a small boutique in the heart of Montmartre, dedicated to supporting Mexican and Guatemalan artisans. Each item has been hand picked by the shop’s owner, Ana, and represents her vision of modern popular culture in Latin America. Whether you collect quirky knickknacks, or just fancy adding colour to your wardrobe, pop by for a mooch – it’s like a journey without the jetlag.
With its idyllic shopping ambiance on the Montmartre hill, this second-hand market is a favourite haunt of Sunday brunchers making their lazy way around the neighbourhood. You’re more likely to run into artists and locals rather than tourists at this tiny but charming market, rummaging among old paintings and knick-knacks, lamps and art deco accessories, vintage postcards and jewellery by young designers. Perfect for taking a break, coffee or hot chocolate in hand, and having a wander.
You could spend hours in Exodisc on rue du Mont Cenis, a record shop run by ex-pat Larry, whose encyclopedic knowledge of rock music has been practically unrivalled in the city for the last 30 years. Amid the rows of records and CDs you’ll find everything from the Rolling Stones and Death in Vegas to underground groups like Wooden Shjips and obscure krautrockers Cluster. Any questions about what to buy – just ask Larry (or his wife Dominique, also in the shop). They make a point of listening to their stock so that they can offer proper advice to music lovers looking for something new.
At the foot of the Sacré-Coeur, Le Rideau de Fer is a bit like the little brother of Plus de Bruit, with an equally generous price policy and a similar penchant for comic books to go with the records. You can easily do both places in an afternoon, starting with the racks at the Rideau with their large, well-curated selection of vinyl: jazz, blues, rock, electro, soundtracks and the rest. Under new management since 2011, this little attic-like boutique was cleaned and re-done by the passionate duo who share the opening hours. It doesn’t make them much money, but you can only wish them every success in finding a faithful clientele as enthusiastic as they are about finding good quality vinyl at €8-€10, prices which allow you to pick up new discoveries.
Roll your sleeves up and dig into Guerrisol’s never-ending racks of second-hand clothes. A lot of it is tat, but every so often (and often enough for Guerrisol to be the most popular shop of its kind in Paris) you find a gem. It’s particularly good for blokes in need of a suit with all sorts of styles and colours. And the ladies’ shoe section often has a wide selection. Just wash before you wear: As your nostrils will tell you on the way in, Guerrisol smells like Eau de Charity Shop.
You don’t need a time machine to step back into the past – not when you’ve got Rose Bunker at your doorstep. This retro bric-a-brac shop is jam packed with formica tables, old dial phones, psychedelic lamps, flowery vases and a myriad of other objects from days gone by. As well as furniture, jewellery and knickknacks, there’s a recycled materials section and vintage clothes.