New York is the commercial one, London the one for up-and-coming talent and for sales, but when it comes to “the shows”, and to fashion, we will always have Paris. Designs from the city’s houses influence shapes, colours and fabrics season in and season out; this is a city where clothes are deemed just as much works of art as the Canalettos, Rodins and Gauguins on display in art galleries. The shows themselves might be off-limits to all but the elite fashion press and international buyers, but there is style on the streets of the city for lesser mortals.

Here are two of my favorite places to shop lately in Paris.

Editions MR (formerly Melinda Gloss)

At the forefront of the current French menswear revival, this label now has Left and Right Bank outlets, with this stylish store in a converted bank. Despite the name, it is actually styled by two men, who refresh classic tailoring, sometimes a striped shirt or navy blazer, sometimes a floral dandy look or fleece jacket. It has quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its fabrics, with fine cotton shirts, pure wool jackets, and a large range of knitwear. This branch also offers a made to measure service.

Address: St-Germain-des-Prés
Contact: 0033 1 42 84 31 66; Getting there: St-Sulpice
Opening times: Mon, 2pm-7pm; Tue-Sat, 11am-3pm, 3pm-7.30pm
Payment type: credit cards accepted


For over 20 years, Armand Hadida has been picking out cutting-edge, ready-to-wear accessories and designer items, and introduced the Antwerp Six to France. He now has six shops, including a vintage design store in the Puces de St-Ouen, each with its own distinctive style. This branch, which now stocks menswear as well as womenswear, is like an art installation in itself, with cascading planks of wood by Belgian artist/architect Arne Quinze and hundreds of video screens. I enjoy coming here simply to ogle at the shop but also for amazing handbags and clothes that are adventurous yet wearable. As well as labels like Rick Owens, Balmain, Balenciaga and Golden Goose, you’ll find occasional experimental limited editions and Fornasetti design objects.

Address: 40 rue de Sévigné, 75003
Contact: 0033 1 48 87 10 22;
Getting there: St-Paul
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 2pm-7pm
Payment type: credit cards accepted