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Going to France, what sort of SF approved things can I do there?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ramuman, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    I'm headed to France for a vacation next week. I'll be spending 3 days around Rhône and Lyon, then another 4 in Paris. France doesn't get the sartorial love that Italy and England do, but what can a small timer do there as far as food and clothing?

    I'll also try to post a WAYWRN shot or two from there.
     
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    I can't speak about the Rhone valley or Lyon. I know Paris and the Riviera a little.

    In Paris, my favourite restaurant is Tastevin, on the Ille St. Louis. We had a great meal at L'Orangarie (close by) a few years ago but I've read that it isn't what it used to be.

    Charvet, of course, is pretty much World Headquarters for great shirts. But expect to be ignored, as I was, if you don't make a strong sartorial impression as you walk in.
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    But expect to be ignored, as I was, if you don't make a strong sartorial impression as you walk in.

    O RLY?

    Also, OP should do a search -- there should be a lot of threads about this.
     
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    I'm headed to France for a vacation next week. I'll be spending 3 days around Rhône and Lyon, then another 4 in Paris. France doesn't get the sartorial love that Italy and England do, but what can a small timer do there as far as food and clothing?

    I'll also try to post a WAYWRN shot or two from there.


    his Year:


    Arthur et Fox

    I posted this earlier this year re: Paris shopping.


    I endorse Max Jones' recommendation for Arthur et Fox
    on Boulvard St Germaine.I have slacks from them,
    one pair of which is over twenty years old and still looks
    good. They sell classical British-inspired clothing of very
    high quality at relatively reasonable prices.

    Other locations:

    Arthur et Fox
    Rue Vignon
    75009 9ème Arrondissement Paris, Paris, France
    01 47 42 00 32‎
    01 47 42 86 81‎ - Fax

    Arthur et Fox
    44, Rue Bac
    75007 Paris, France
    01 45 44 90 40‎
     
  6. ssnyc

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    Have a Bloody Mary at Harry's Bar in Paris.
     
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    Shoes!
    Or at least take a million photos of shoe displays & post them here.
     
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    Dinner at Taillevent ... or if on a budget ... at L'Angle du Faubourg.
     
  9. ramuman

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    O RLY? Also, OP should do a search -- there should be a lot of threads about this.
    I only did a cursory search with France in the title in MC and GC and little came up. If there's one thing that invariably holds, it's me being lazy.
    Have a Bloody Mary at Harry's Bar in Paris.
    Now we're on to something, but this is incongruent with my grand visions of exclusively drinking wine. I think I'll add this to my potential queue of places.
    Shoes! Or at least take a million photos of shoe displays & post them here.
    No doubt I'll stop by the JL store and whatever else I can run into. It's a shame the $ vs. € battle has taken a decidedly poor turn for us west of the Atlantic.
     
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    No mention if you're going solo. My ladyfriend is infatuated with LaDuree's macaroons and candles. Lurk around St. Honore street, hit Lanvin and Colette amongst others. Also if you're going to the Eiffel tower buy your ticket online or at your hotel to avoid a looooong line. The obivious: Hang out on the lawn at Sacre Coeur (weather permitting) [​IMG][​IMG] Go to the top of the Pompidou Centre to grab a bite, appreciate the art, watch the sunset [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Go to the Louvre [​IMG][​IMG] Hang out at any cafe at night: [​IMG]
     
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    Charvet, of course, is pretty much World Headquarters for great shirts. But expect to be ignored, as I was, if you don't make a strong sartorial impression as you walk in.

    I walked into Charvet just this summer in a pair of shorts and a polo T-shirt and I was treated very well. I was personally escorted to their RTW section and warmly encouraged to try on some stuff and take my time just looking around. (For full disclosure, however, I was also wearing a pair of bright orange boat shoes, which perhaps, made some sort of a "sartorial impression", though perhaps not in the way Wildeman meant.)

    The OP should note, however, that The Ritz, which is also on Place Vendome, refused me entry when I wanted to go in there for tea - after the oh-so-strenuous shopping experience at Charvet, naturally - on account of my shorts. (Waving my Charvet shopping bag in the face of the doorman did not seem to help.)

    As opposed to The Ritz, I would recommend Hotel Costes, which is in the vicinity, and where the food is amazing (if a tad pricey), the ambience is somewhat classy, and where the doorman has just the right touch of snobbery without being unwelcoming.

    I would also encourage the OP to do some search as Paris has been well covered on the forum.
     
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    I walked into Charvet just this summer in a pair of shorts and a polo T-shirt and I was treated very well.

    Just goes to show you that Paris is loosing it.
    You should have been beaten with bolts of cheap fabric and thrown out on the street.
     
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    Just goes to show you that Paris is loosing it. You should have been beaten with bolts of cheap fabric and thrown out on the street.
    Every place in this world "lose it" much time before!
     
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    No mention if you're going solo. My ladyfriend is infatuated with LaDuree's macaroons and candles.

    +1 for my ladyfriend, I think she prefers to be called my wife, though. As for you, J.M. Weston on the Champs d'Elysses has great shoes and I found the staff to be exceedingly friendly. So friendly, in fact, that my wife didn't balk at the price tag of what we walked out with.
     
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    Lyon has some impressive neoclassical buildings but beware of all the moors trying to steal your wallet.[​IMG]

    Yes, and beware of all the Israelits trying to steal your money.

    But seriously,

    You can visit Upper shoes in Lyon :


    8 rue Jean de Tournes Lyon 2ème
    [​IMG]l. 04 78 38 39 31
    « Contact Boris »

    54 rue de Brest Lyon 2ème
    [​IMG]l. 04 72 40 27 08
    « Contact Boris »

    And eat at Paul Bocuse's restaurant: nordsud brasseries, 13 ter place Jules Ferry.
     
  17. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I only did a cursory search with France in the title in MC and GC and little came up. If there's one thing that invariably holds, it's me being lazy.
    Try searching on "Paris" in the thread title.

    No mention if you're going solo. My ladyfriend is infatuated with LaDuree's macaroons and candles.
    Laduree is a classic; the fanciest macaroons in Paris are those at Pierre Herme down near the Place Saint-Sulpice on the Left Bank, be prepared to wait in line with a lot of Japanese to get them though. They are like little monuments. In order to really pretend to be in an inter-war luxury Paris, stroll down the rue Rivoli parallel to the jardin des Tuileries and have a Montblanc and hot chocolate (or a cafe creme, like a latte) at Angelina. Theo Fil carries Seraphin jackets; marvel at the dilapidated mosaics in the sidewalks on Rue Rivoli and Rue de Castiglione spelling out the names of bygone haberdasheries like Sulka and Rhodes et Brousse, along with those of vanished outposts for Anglophiles like Aquascrotum and British Airways... Rivoli, Castiglione and Place Vendome used to be the a central area for gentlemen's haberdashers the way that Jermyn St was in London -- the hatters Gelot, along with Charvet, Tremlett and Edouard & Butler all had shops directly on the Place (only Charvet is still in business, and it long ago moved to much larger space right off the Place Vendome)... Boivin, Rhodes & Brousse and Sulka were on Castiglione... and Hilditch & Key has its depressing French outpost at the end of rue de Rivoli still.

    Purcell in one of the galleries off the Champs-Elysees (google it) has the best selection of Seraphin leather jackets I have seen in Paris.

    The OP should note, however, that The Ritz, which is also on Place Vendome, refused me entry when I wanted to go in there for tea - after the oh-so-strenuous shopping experience at Charvet, naturally - on account of my shorts.
    Good.

    Yes, and beware of all the Israelits trying to steal your money.
    Pretty sure Ben Gurion is a banned fascist troll.

    When in Lyon, make sure to eat the tablier de sapeur.
     
  18. Fuuma

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    Lyon has some impressive neoclassical buildings but beware of all the moors trying to steal your wallet.[​IMG]

    Or the Jews using their long, hooked fingers to snatch your lady's purse or even worse, your baby.
     
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    Hey, long time since my last post, in Lyon you can find JM Weston off of Bellecourt, (the main city center) and a Pal Zileri / Grafiti (RL clothing etc. jm weston and other good shoe brands inside) near Terreaux. Basically wonder down the "rue de la Republic between Bellecourt and Terreaux" or the street parallel to it (on the left if going up towards terreaux again where all the high end stores are.)

    as far as food goes, I'd go for a bouchon Lyonnais in Vieux Lyon, for good food and nice atmosphere, or to the Brasserie George near perrache for great choucroute or Steak Tartare.

    Further down the rhone valley in Tain L'hermitage you can buy some very good wine at reasonable prices (crozes-L'hermitage is a great wine) besides that, nothing I can think of immediately. enjoy, its a great region.
     
  20. ramuman

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I'll be going with a friend to Lyon and then we'll split up and I'm doing Paris solo. In other words, I won't be bringing a ladyfriend to any of these locations.
     

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