In the interest of time, I did not go in to many stores but I was able to do some window shopping, while strolling through the Marais and St. Germain arrondissements.
I did visit one boutique in the Marais called L’Eclaireur. It is renown for being very exclusive and very cutting edge in terms of fashion. In the Kevin Kwan novel, Crazy Rich Girlfriends, which is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, the characters have a private showing at L’Eclaireur. Come to think of it, the only customers in the store with me were Asians–and perhaps they were crazy rich, as they were trying on crazy expensive clothing! The boutique is as much about avant garde decor as it is about high end fashion. I enjoyed perusing the racks of very beautiful designer clothing.
LECLAIREUR Sévigné 40 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris
Sandro 50 Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris https://fr.sandro-paris.com/fr/femme/
Sandro is an on trend, youthful clothing line that is available in the US, but it began in the Marais on a street named Vielle du Temple, a good street for window shopping, lined with many tempting boutiques.
Indies75 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, Paris https://www.indies.fr/fr/lookbook
I passed by Indies without going in and thought the windows looked promising, so will have to return to browse at leisure. I found a sampling of the winter collection online.
Hartford56 rue Vieille du Temple 75003, Paris https://www.hartford.fr/#
Hartford is a clothing line also available in the US but it was first launched in France. Here you find American classics re-interpreted and imbued with a Parisian je ne sais quoi.
Another store that looked promising is called Ba&sh. 106 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris. https://ba-sh.com/us/collection/.
It has stores worldwide, including in the US.
In the Marais, I was strolling down rue des Rosiers , which has lots of falafel restaurants and interesting boutiques.
On one corner of rue des Rosiers is Crea Concept, a boutique of separates for those skilled in layering. I first encountered this brand in Chinatown in Honolulu (yes, I know, an example of the globalization of fashion!). It was a beautiful black cardigan with interesting detail and asymmetry that will prove to be timeless. I was happy to find an entire store of such items, arranged by color and pattern.
Crea Concepts 2 bis, rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris http://www.creaconcept.com/
This is a selection from their Fall/Winter 2018 line, with an easy fit, over sized silhouettes, and lots of layering.
Just around the corner from Crea Concept, I popped into a store, intrigued by its colorful windows. It is a Spanish store, Bimba y Lola and this fall’s collection is called The Dream. It’s youthful and fun, with color and patterns, along with bags and accessories.
Bimba y Lola 17 Rue Pavee 75004, Paris https://www.bimbaylola.com/es_en/lookbook-collection-fw18-19
This is a sampling of their fall/winter 2018 line.
Onward to St. Germain-des-Pres, where the first stop was at an Arche boutique to pick up a pair of boots for the rain– that never materialized. Arche proves that you don’t need to sacrifice style to get comfort. While Arche is available in the US, you can enjoy some savings by shopping in Paris, where there are several boutiques.
Arche 93 rue de Seine 75006 Paris. https://www.arche.com/univers/collection.html
Maje is a sister boutique, literally, started by Sandro’s sister. There is an outlet in St. Germain, Maje Stock, on a street named Rue du Cherche-Midi, that also has a Robert Clergerie shoe store.
Maje Stock,9 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 https://fr.maje.com/
Robert Clergerie 5 Rue du Cherche-Midi https://www.clergerieparis.com/
It’s very clear that Paris will always have many more boutiques worth investigating!