Chic Shopping Paris

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The secret of dressing like a Parisian starts with les bonnes adresses: the coveted, seldom-shared addresses of the best shops. When author Rebecca Magniant moved to Paris five years ago, she made it her mission to find the best boutiques in the city–and that she did. When some of her finds impressed her impossibly chic belle mere (mother-in-law), she knew she was on to something. She went on to found Paris’s premiere shopping service, Chic Shopping Paris, and now reveals her prized list of boutiques whose ...

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Overview

The secret of dressing like a Parisian starts with les bonnes adresses: the coveted, seldom-shared addresses of the best shops. When author Rebecca Magniant moved to Paris five years ago, she made it her mission to find the best boutiques in the city–and that she did. When some of her finds impressed her impossibly chic belle mere (mother-in-law), she knew she was on to something. She went on to found Paris’s premiere shopping service, Chic Shopping Paris, and now reveals her prized list of boutiques whose offerings embody quintessential Parisian style.
 
Even as the world seems to be getting smaller, with everything imaginable available on the Internet, there remain some things that can only be found where they are designed and made–in France. Chic Shopping Paris contains the best, offering clothing, jewelry, lingerie, makeup, shoes, hats, art supplies, toys, stationery, and more–more than eighty venues in all. So let the contents of Magniant’s little black book inspire you to bring back a piece of Paris in your bag.

Some of the shops include
•Da Rosa, an épicerie that supplies luxury products to some of the biggest restaurateurs in town
•Blanc d’Ivorie, a shop specializing in gorgeous French linens and housewares that are all in white, gray, or beige tones
•Fabrice, a boutique selling over-the-top, chunky costume jewelry
•Karine Dupont, a young, fun designer of bags known primarily to insiders
•J. C. Martinez, whose amazing collection of antique prints is as good as anything at the famous Paris flea market
•Sabbia Rosa, a designer of gorgeous silk or satin lingerie who will make things to order

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"Well designed, lavishly illustrated, and conveniently pocket-size, Chic Shopping Paris skips the heavy hitters of the Avenue Montaigne in favor of following in the footsteps of real Parisian shoppers, who mix L’Eclaireur and Louboutin with Le Comptoir des Cotonniers and insider addresses like Dante & Maria, Philippe Roucou, and Louison—and she throws in a host of addresses for finding very French cadeaux, perfumes and objects for the home." —Style.com

"Chic Shopping Paris will guide you to some of the best stores in the City of Light. Don't expect to read only about department stores; there are lots of boutiques here. If you don't have a personal shopper, the book serves as a good substitute. And it's small enough to stash in your purse." —BonjourParis

"These cute little square books published on sturdy paper with rounded corners will fit effortlessly into your designer handbags. This is a book that will withstand numerous shopping excursions...Author Rebecca Perry Magniant is the quintessential 'American in Paris.' Married to a Parisian, she has made it her business to ferret out the boutiques of the well-heeled and the well-coiffed. Rather than guard these addresses as a 'top secret survival kit' for living in Paris, Magniant has put her legwork to good use...So, now it's time to slip on your comfortable Prada sandals for a trek through the various neighborhoods for a 'look-see' at Chic Shopping's preferred shops...Chic Shopping Paris will prove a useful jump-off point for serious shoppers. The addresses listed here will get you headed to the right neighborhoods and out of the tourist trap alleys i.e. Rue de Rivoli and Champs Elysees. It's especially useful if you're looking for specialty item such as gloves or handcrafted watchband straps, just to give two examples." —Parislogue

Praise for Rebecca Magniant:

"Sign up with Chic Shopping Paris to smoothly navigate the city's shopping scene." —Fodors.com

[Chic Shopping Paris] “...provides even the most seasoned shopper with interesting shopping itineraries, valuable product knowledge and in-store assistance to better enjoy the Paris shopping experience–whether you’re buying or just looking.” —Paris Notes

“...the guides at Chic Shopping Paris can help visitors find the finest table linens and most decadent chocolate in one afternoon.” —House & Garden

“Discover the secrets only Parisians know with the help of Chic Shopping Paris.” —Vogue Entertaining

“At 30-something, Rebecca Magniant——a bouncy 'American expat wife' and self-confessed 'shopaholic'——has turned her knack for unearthing 'fabulous boutiques and insider tips'...Chic Shopping Paris has been treating visitors to the City of Light to thematic tours, covering a variety of topics ranging from couture and antiques bargain hunting to epicurean expeditions." —Paris Voice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892145574
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

While exploring Paris and learning to live la vie francaise, American-in-Paris Rebecca Magniant, always one to keep extensive files on any place she visits, began to find the best places to shop and the idea for Chic Shopping Paris was born. Since 2003, these shopping tours, conducted by bilingual personal guides, have offered secret addresses and shopping tips that only a good Parisian friend would share with you.

Alison Harris has worked throughout the world shooting photos for travel books, cookbooks, advertising campaigns, book covers, and magazine stories. Her latest books are Markets of Paris and The Pâtisseries of Paris, published by The Little Bookroom.

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