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Shopping in Paris: 16 Amazing French Brands You Won’t Find Back Home

Shopping in Paris: 16 Amazing French Brands You Won’t Find Back Home

There’s few things I find more disappointing than going to another country and finding all the same mega-brands we have back home (Zara, Sephora, H&M, Mango — I’m looking at you).

The good news is: Paris is full of unique brands and boutiques that don’t exist outside of France — and I’ve spent the past few years pounding the Parisian pavement to find the best ones, updated regularly right here.

Whether you’re hunting for a fashion staple that feels oh-so French, or looking for authentic gifts for friends, here’s a few of my favorite French brands to buy in Paris (and only Paris!)

1) Chatelles (Shoes)

I’m obsessed with this adorable French shoe brand. Their colorful loafers, mules, and fancy slippers are irresistibly chic. A worthy splurge if you want to come home with something that feels trés Parisienne

Location: 94 Rue du Bac, 7th arrondissement

Chatelle’s slippers, the stuff wishlists are made of. Photo from their website.

Chatelle’s slippers, the stuff wishlists are made of. Photo from their website.

2) Le Coq Sportif (Sneakers)

I get so many compliments on my Coq Sportif sneakers when I wear them in the U.S. because… they don’t have a single store in the states! So, they’re quite the rare French fashion commodity. Most sneakers make my feet look clunky, but my Coqs are slim, low-profile, and feminine. Plus, I can walk around Paris all day in them, making them the perfect urban exploring shoes. Get some while you’re here, and you’ll be stocking up every time you visit!

Location: They have 8 boutiques in Paris, find them here.

Le Coq Sportif boutique in Le Marais, Paris

Le Coq Sportif boutique in Le Marais, Paris

3) Faubourg 54 (Clothing)

Owned by a small team of young Italian fashion designers, Faubourg54s collection of artsy embroidered t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories will add some spunk to your closet. Bonus: there’s an espresso bar inside (a nod to their Italian roots).

Location: 33 Avenue Trudaine, 9th arrondissement

4) From Future (Cashmere & Silk)

This youthful French brand just launched in 2018 with the loveable concept of offering high-quality cashmere and knits priced between 59€ to 139€ (a steal, by Paris standards). And this is not your grandma’s cashmere — think 90s neons, creative motifs, and retro prints. I love their breezy, easy-to-wear silk dresses, too.

Location: flagship store is at 54 Rue de Rennes, 6th arrondissement

The From Future flagship store at 54 Rue de Rennes Paris 75006

The From Future flagship store at 54 Rue de Rennes Paris 75006

5) Jérôme Dreyfuss (Bags & Accessories)

Gorgeous leather bags from Jerome Dreyfuss

Gorgeous leather bags from Jerome Dreyfuss

If you like your accessories understated and un-branded, Jerome Dreyfuss makes gorgeous leather bags that look expensive without screaming “I’m trying to look expensive!”(granted, they are not cheap). Stunning quality and classic designs, check out his shop in Le Marais.

Location: 4 boutiques in central Paris listed here.

6) Claris Virot (Bags & Accessories)

For a handbag that will turn heads back home, visit the Claris Virot’s showroom in the 16th. Their leather bags are works of art, and come in a rainbow of colors. I especially like their “beatle bags” (splurgey at 590€). They have belts and shoes, too.

Location: 25 Rue de l’Annonciation, 16th arrondissement

clarisvirot

7) Herbert Frère & Soeur (Bags & Accessories)

I love this brand for many reasons: it’s family-owned by a brother & sister duo, all their bags are handmade in a leather atelier in Brittany, and the designs are totally timeless — the perfect mix of classic craftsmanship and modern flourishes. My personal favorites are the “Jo” bucket bag and the “Nane” belt bag. Prices range from 145€ to 365€.

Location: find them at these boutiques throughout Paris.

Photo by Herbert Frere & Soeur

Photo by Herbert Frere & Soeur

8) L’Artisan Parfumeur (Perfume)

France is the birthplace of perfume, and there are tons of artisan perfumeries in Paris making scents you definitely won’t find at Sephora. L’Artisan Parfumeur is one of my favorites, as the selection isn’t overwhelming and they make a lot of earthy, nature-inspired scents like “Sur l’Herbe” (in the grass) and “L’ete en Douce” (sweet summer).

Location: Find them at Paris department stores Le Bon Marché, Printemps, Galleries Lafayette, or their boutiques throughout the city.

Photo from L’’Artisan Perfumeur Facebook page.

Photo from L’’Artisan Perfumeur Facebook page.

9) Maison Sarah Lavoine (Home Decor)

The in-demand interior designer, Sarah Lavoine, has a few boutiques in Paris where you can browse her elegant, minimalist handiwork and take home a piece of modern French-girl decor. She also has a recently launched clothing line with some classic Parisian staples. Prices are splurgey, but not totally out of reach. I especially like the location in the 16th, tucked down a secret alley with a garden café attached to the boutique.

Location: 25 Rue de l'Annonciation, 16th arrondissement (yep, right next door to Claris Virot)

Maison Sarah Lavoine boutique in Paris’ 16th

Maison Sarah Lavoine boutique in Paris’ 16th

10) Macon & Lesquoy (Patches. Yes, patches.)

Funky iron-on patches from Macon & Lesquoy

Funky iron-on patches from Macon & Lesquoy

Perhaps the most random souvenir you’d expect to buy in Paris, Macon & Lesquoy’s claim to fame is ‘off-the-wall yet always elegant accessories’, but mostly: patches. Quirky, handmade patches. From elaborate, beaded jellyfish designs to the iron-on Pont Neuf— these little works of art are like tattoos for your clothes.

Location: 37 Rue Yves Toudic, 10th arrondissement

11) Cire Trudon (Candles)

If fancy candles are your thing, I feel you. Diptyque is an obvious choice, but Cire Trudon’s French candle-making roots go back to the 1600s. Beautifully packaged and elaborately scented, the 75€ candles make quite the hostess gift.

Location: 1 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4th arrondissement

Cire Trudon’s boutique in Le Marais. Photo from their Facebook page.

Cire Trudon’s boutique in Le Marais. Photo from their Facebook page.

12) Maison Boissier (Chocolates & Candies)

Tinned candies from Boissiere Paris. Photo from their Facebook page.

Tinned candies from Boissiere Paris. Photo from their Facebook page.

It’s tempting to want to bring home French macarons, but the cute tinned candies and chocolates from Maison Boissier are the perfectly transportable foodie gift.

Location: 77 Rue du Bac (7th), 48 Rue de Passy (16th), and at the Galeries Lafayette gourmet shop (9th).

13) Florame (Skincare)

Florame’s laboratory is based in the tiny village of Mane in Provence, where they make a collection of potent, organic skincare products from essential oils. My personal favorites are the Mousse Micellaire Nettoyante and the Correcteur Nuit Imperfections — they really work! You can find their products at health-food stores like Naturalia in Paris, and the prices are really reasonable for quality, clean skincare.

Location: 8 Rue Dupuytren, 6th arrondissement

A few of my favorite French skincare brands, including Florame from Provence.

A few of my favorite French skincare brands, including Florame from Provence.

French Kids Brands:

14) Natalys

For adorable and affordable French kids clothing, I’ve found really stylish pieces here for gifting to friends back in the states. They have multiple shops in Paris.

Tres francais kids clothes from Natalys. Photo from their Facebook page.

Tres francais kids clothes from Natalys. Photo from their Facebook page.

14) Papa Pique & Maman Coud

Fun, French-designed accessories for all ages, from coin purses to scarves, fabric barettes and backbacks — the selection feels very Etsy a la francaise.

Location: 39 Rue St Placide, 6th arrondissement

tartine

A bit splurgey for kids clothes, but if you want to dress your little one up in something excessively chic (think faux fur coats and lace dresses), Tartine et Chocolat is Parisian through and through.

Location: they have boutiques throughout Paris, find them here.


What amazing French brands have you discovered in Paris? I’d love to hear in the comments section. Happy shopping!

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