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Paris shopping Herms(1 on map)After its classic outlet on rue st honor, herms’ left bank store is much more spectacular, installed in the art deco former swimming pool of the luttia.Amid giant wooden cones, you’ll find the famous silk scarves, handbags and wallets, exclusive perfumes, jewellery, tableware and a caf, all for phenomenal prices.You can still buy a saddle here should you wish, but, sign of the times, this branch also contains petit h, a luxury, handcrafted take on recycling. Travelling tea boxes in crocodile skin, silk jewellery, pendants from spoons, crystal vases are among one off items made by the Hermscraftsmen. Robert clergerie(2)Almost sculptural ladies’ shoes are artistically lit in this long boutique designed by thierry dreyfus, located on paris’s shoe row.Clergerie was one of france’s most influential shoe designers in the 80s, and the brand, still made in france’s shoe capital romans, is making a comeback with fashion designer roland mouret.The high boots, clunky 70s inspired platforms and 40s silhouettes are sexy but walkable, beautifully made and, he insists, incredibly comfortable to wear.New lines are introduced each season but the lace up oxfords and brogues in numerous versions remain a classic. Christian louboutin(3)Choose between high, extremely high and total madness with louboutin’s cult, red soled shoes, which are presented like jewels in his boutique on the corner of the lovely 19th century passage vero dodat shopping arcade.And if the soles are the most covetable element, the incredible array of materials printed leopard spots, shiny patent leather and pony skin, cut glass gems and velvet and endless invention on top are pretty impressive, too.There are even now loubis for men, sold next door.Extremely glamorous footwear, though not the stuff to wear for sightseeing.Branches at 68 rue st honor and 38 rue de grenelle. Nala de monbrison(4)This tiny gallery near the national assembly is a showcase for striking contemporary artists’ jewellery that is light years from diamonds and tiaras.Ranging from the delicate to the dramatic, many are one off pieces. Nala de monbrisonkeeps a large range in stock, such as Giorgio Verna’s pieces in pebbles, copper and Murano glass, and Catherine Le Gal’s steel bracelets, and presents them in solo shows or in themed exhibitions associated with tribal pieces. Opening times:Tue sat, 11am 1.30pm, 2.30 7pm Isabel marant(5)Isabel marant’s original boutique, from the days when she first introduced her vision of parisian ethno chic.Sadly, prices have gone up a lot since then, but she remains a cult fashion insider’s insider.The look is understated and terribly cool, with lots of short, short dresses, grungy trousers, striking, ethnic inspired patterns, lace and flounces paired with well cut black jackets or bohemian knits.There are also her much copied wedge trainers and great ankle boots.New look dior, classic givenchy, mondrian esque saint laurent and balmain, 70s pierre cardin are given an almost museum like presentation, draped over golden fashion show chairs.The adjacent boutique is devoted to accessories, collectors’ christian louboutin mens lace ups handbags and catwalk jewellery.Across the palais royal garden at 125 galerie de valois, la petite robe noire is dedicated to ludot’s own line of little black dresses, named after bridget, audrey, grace et al. Bonpoint(7)Bonpointis all you’ve ever imagined about the children of the French bourgeoisie, with beautifully made French clothes for kids and babies, displayed amid the chandeliers and old parquet of a magnificent 17th century mansion.Some of the gorgeous clothes come with calais lace, smocking or hand embroidery(And prices to match), and are only for special occasions and parties.But there are also tougher togs for outdoors and play, liberty prints, colourful trousers and leather jackets.The displays in each room(A log cabin, a vintage caravan)Are worth the visit alone.In the vaulted basement, japanese organic restaurant nanashi is the place for bento boxes and tea. Opening times:Mon sat, 10am 7pm Galerie bsl(8)At the crossroads between art and design, batrice saint laurent shows off one off and limited edition furniture and jewellery commissioned from established and rising designers.The gallery is a fluid black and white space, designed by no duchaufour lawrance.Though some items are, for me, a little too baroque, i particularly like the animalistic furniture, and textured metal and resin lamps by young spanish designer nacho carbonell, and duchaufour lawrance’s nature inspired lamps and carbon fibre shelves. Opening times:Tue sat, 11am 7pm L’eclaireur(9)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 christian louboutin uk 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. Opening times:Mon sat, 11am christian louboutin shoes uk 7pm;Sun, 2pm 7pm Colette(10)Pioneering concept store Coletteled the way when it opened over a decade ago, as a white, minimalist showcase for all that was cool or cutting edge in fashion, design and technology.I still like to pop in to keep track of its finger on the pulse selection of the latest limited edition trainers, fashion accessories, rare lipsticks, groundbreaking smart watches or hip lifestyle magazines, and admire its ability to pick up on new talents.Gadgets are downstairs, jewellery and fashion from comme des garons to young unknowns upstairs.Temporary exhibitions are held on the mezzanine, and there’s a cool water bar in the basement.The store is virtually a tourist attraction in its own right, so try to come during the week to avoid the scrum. Opening times:Mon sat, 11am 7pm Merci(11)With its distressed chic look and mixture of new and second hand men’s and women’s clothes, designer furniture and vintage items, kitchen gadgets and tableware, even knitting wool and covetable notebooks, Merciprovides a 21st century bobo (Bourgeois bohme)Alternative to colette.The store is in an artfully converted industrial building on the edge of the marais.Prices are high, but you can feel good as some of the profits go to a development charity in madagascar.There’s a restaurant in the basement.The ground floor tearoom doubles as a second hand bookstore, where you can browse its shelves of books over cakes and tea.

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