Hip and Funky


shopping in paris

American Retro
3, rue Etienne Marcel, in the 2nd Arrondissement. get map01 40 28 48 13.
Don’t be fooled by the name—this is in fact a French brand adored by young Parisian women. Expect to find chic and contemporary pieces with impeccable tailoring. Note: This street has countless boutiques for the young and trendy.
Antik Batik
4, rue Cambon, in the 1st. 01 40 15 01 45.
Presents colorful, affordable ready-for-the-weekend fashion inspired by Bali. Darling kids’ stuff, too. Other locations in the Marais and on St.-Germain—see website.
Antoine et Lili (pictured above)
95, quai de Valmy, in the 10th, near the canal St.-Martin. 01 40 37 41 55.
You can find stores all over Paris, but there’s a big setup at this location. This is the place for darling bohemian designs especially if you love prints and color.
Azzedine Alaïa
18, rue de la Verrerie, in the 4th. 01 42 72 54 97.
Figure hugging shapes by the always fabulous Tunisian born designer.
213, rue St.-Honoré, in the 1st. 01 55 35 33 90.
This is the destination store for art, fashion, shoes, accessories and books. Colette remains the place where fashionistas come to see what’s happening in Paris.
Comme des Garçons
54, rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, in the 8th. 01 53 30 27 27.
16, Place Vendôme, in the 1st. 01 47 03 60 80.
62, rue Tiquetonne, in the 2nd. 01 45 08 07 27.
The well-known avant-garde Japanese designer.
French Trotters
30, rue de Charonne, in the 11th. 01 47 00 84 35.
116, rue Vieille du Temple, in the 3rd. 01 44 61 00 14.

French Trotters is a hip boutique that hosts a number of international designers for both men and women, such as A. P. C. Madras, Tatoosh and Veja. While French Trotters isn’t for every budget (a Comme des Garçons T-shirt could cost you up to 80 euros), you can find chic pieces to cover you from head to toe, perfect for gallivanting around any cosmopolitan city.
Jean Paul Gaultier
6, rue Vivienne, in the 2nd. 01 42 86 05 05.
The bad boy of French designers—well known for designing the bra Madonna wore in Cannes.
The Kooples
61, rue de Rennes, in the 6th. get map01 42 22 41 86.
The newly launched coed brand of androgynous black and gray ready-to-wear clothes that Parisians are going crazy over.
16, ave Montaigne, in the 8th. get map01 58 12 00 00.
Bohemian chic at its best, the clothes are colorful and free spirited, inspired by the worldly travels of their designer.
382, rue St.-Honoré, in the 1st. get map01 42 61 06 41.
Gothic chic.
Noir Kennedy
22, rue Roi de Sicile, in the 4th. get map01 42 74 55 58.
The rock- and punk-inspired look of the store might deter some shoppers, but oddly enough, there are some fashionable finds here, from funky vintage T-shirts to designer jeans and jackets.
34, rue de Charonne, in the 11th. 01 48 06 55 66.
If you’re trying to create a wardrobe of effortlessly chic pieces, Sessùn is a must-stop shop. Full of simple, easy-to-wear dresses, “notice-me” parachute pants, onesies and cute booties, Sessùn has something for every fashion-conscious female. With several other stylish shops in the area, the boutique is in good company.
Zadig & Voltaire
Locations all over Paris—affordable and hip casual wear. Absolutely au courant.