The flagship Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Élysées is the most chic shopping experience imaginable. It’s the perfect place to pick up one of the brand’s famous monogrammed bags or a pair of limited-edition, celeb-styled sunglasses. This is old-school luxury at its very best, so splash out on a canvas trunk or expertly crafted briefcase. Alternatively, work the latest tribal trend with creative director Marc Jacobs’ ready-to-wear line for the iconic label before heading to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to check out the Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs exhibition.
Louis Vuitton, 101 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5357 5200
Chloé has become something of a byword for Parisian chic in the last decade, thanks to Phoebe Philo, Hannah MacGibbon and Clare Waight Keller, formerly of Pringle, the latest to take the helm. A favourite of the Vogue fashion team and the capital’s cool fashion bloggers, the store has an airy, typically Chloé feel and is staffed by gorgeous sales assistants who look as though they have walked straight out of the brand’s unforgettable billboard advertisements. Chloé’s elegantly simple, keep-forever pieces are all about modest shapes and clean contours and are the perfect way to bag some French insouciance. Admittedly the collection looks best on skinny, leggy, model types but there are also beautiful leather bags and shoes to keep everyone happy.
Chloé, 44 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4723 0008
Montblanc’s two-storey, 500-square-metre flagship store in the heart of Paris’s haute joaillerie district has a sleek, masculine air of luxury. The elegance is not all low key, however, thanks to the three-metre-high glass chandelier, created especially for the boutique and decorated with 630,000 Swarovski crystals. The store features exclusive collections, bespoke pieces and precious, rare, one-of-a-kind jewellery, watches and writing instruments. It is the perfect place for gift shopping; stock up on the handcrafted timepieces manufactured in Le Locle and check out the great selection of leather goods which, alongside the silver and fine jewellery, showcases Montblanc’s long, proud history of craftsmanship.
Montblanc, 152 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4420 0770
French maestro of footwear Christian Louboutin’s influence is felt on red carpets across the globe. Glamour would not be glamour without his distinctive red-soled stilettos and even in low-key Paris every chic local has at least one pair for those glitzy, gorgeous occasions when sparkle is required. The boutique is similarly lavish, with crystal chandeliers, boudoir-style shelves, red velvet sofas and, of course, a host of footwear embellished with everything from crystals to feathers.
Christian Louboutin, 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4236 5366
Jeanne Lanvin was one of the most influential designers of the 20s and 30s; her intricate embroidery gave her label a place in fashion history. Alber Elbaz took the Lanvin helm in 2001, introducing the famous forget-me-not blue packaging and the simple and feminine yet elegant and luxe pieces that have won him clients such as Chloë Sevigny and Natalie Portman. Lanvin’s jewel-coloured frocks and simple, clean lines are well represented in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique. The cornucopia of pretty dresses from the label’s childrenswear collection for girls aged four to 10 is exquisitely appealing.
Lanvin, 15 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4471 3125
A byword for timeless glamour and easy elegance, the famous jewellery house loved by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor is at its most magnificent in its Champs-Élysées boutique in the heart of Paris’s shopping district. Ever since Cartier opened at 13 rue de la Paix in 1899, the appeal of the brand has been in its ability to set trends and also to stay elegantly distanced from them. Think of the famous Cartier Love bracelet or its va va vamp panthers, iconic designs that sum up a moment and a mood, yet work for all seasons and with every style. If, like Marilyn, diamonds are your best friend, this treasure trove is a must-visit.
Cartier, 154 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4074 0127
A recent favourite of the Paris fashion set and the influx of international stylists who have made Paris their home, the classic Carven French couture label was resurrected by superstar designer Guillaume Henry in the summer of 2010. Just two years on it’s the go-to place for anyone looking for a sleek blazer, pretty, printed high-waist shorts or the feminine yet modern frocks – our favourite is the mustard yellow leather cut-out dress with a short, flared skater skirt and 1960s look. The sales assistants are some of the friendliest in town.
Carven, 36 rue Saint Sulpice, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)9 6045 4704