I love this photo of a woman “qui fait du lèche-vitrine” (literally “window licking”, but figuratively window shopping) from the Sartorialist ~
Everything about this woman, from her leopard flats, to her elegant handbag (maybe a Kelly? I can’t tell from that angle?), to her neat and low ponytail, just screams elegant. French. woman. My style is *far* from this put together at this point in my life. I’m still seduced by the sequins, bold prints and trendy tees of these, some of favorite stores in Paris , if not to lick their windows, then at least to shop them when I have a couple of extra sous 😉
Go to Zadig & Voltaire for overpriced tees and funky cashmere sweaters. Z&V always delivers just the right amount of sequin and sparkle. For those on smaller budgets, wait for the soldes in the summer or beginning of each year. I always enjoyed popping in the location right next to Saint Sulpice, accessible from the same metro stop on the Line 4.
I love Tara Jarmon for feminine dresses and ensembles. My favorite location is, bien sûr, on the rue du Four, a quick walk from the Mabillon metro stop on the Line 10.
Comptoir des cotonniers is definitely one of my faves as well, with its laid back and Euro-prepster style. I favor the Marais location at 33 rue des Francs bourgeois, easily accessible from metro Saint Paul on the Line 1.
Go to Fauchon for gourmet food items, located at 26 place de la Madeleine, easy to access from the Madeleine metro stop on Line 14. It’s always a fun place for Christmas gifts. One year I did gourmet hot chocolate baskets for friends and family.
When I was working in Paris several years ago, my favorite long walk was from my shoebox studio (12 meters squared worth) in the Haut Marais over to the Bon Marché, in the chi-chi 6th arrondissement. There’s only the one location in Paris at 24 rue de Sèvres. It’s a quick walk from the rue du Four or you could get off at the Sèvres Babylone metro stop on the Line 12. I skated past the Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton on my way to buy gourmet groceries and lunches at the Grande epicerie. Such a treat!
Here are a couple more typical lèche-vitrine pics from my various Parisian séjours.
This cute store is located right on my little rue de Picardie in the Marais (3rd arrondissement). Definitely reminiscent of 10,000 Villages if you’re familiar with that store. A quick walk from metro République on the Line 10, among others.
I always love some freshly-cut flowers from the ubiquitous Parisian flower market. These are right down the street from my old office in the 17 arrondissement, actually quite close to the étoile, where the Arc de triomphe sits. What are some of your favorite stores for window shopping? Paris or elsewhere?