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Paris and Florence Shopping Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by garthbernstein, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. garthbernstein

    garthbernstein Active Member

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    My wife and I are visiting Florence & Paris this May, and I am looking to purchase a MTM (or RTW) suit, sport jacket, and shirt (or two). Since I will not be in Europe for multiple bespoke fittings, do you have any shopping recommendations for MTM or something like that? I'm looking for a classic/true Parisian/Florentine experience, and few quantity/high quality items. Thanks!
     


  2. jamiemcp

    jamiemcp Senior member

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    Permanent style has a guide to shopping in Paris and possibly Florence
     


  3. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    My comments from 2012.


    Recommendation from earlier post.
    Not super high end, but excellent RTW clothing:


    You might wish to try these shops for well-priced semi
    trad menswear. I own several pairs of their dress slacks,
    the oldest of which is from the early 80s.
    They are superbly made and have worn extremely well.
    I haven't been to Paris in the last few years , but the last time
    I checked, the stores carried the same style and quality.
    Also recently endorsed by other SF memebers.

    Arthur et Fox
    159 Blvd. St Germain
    75006 Paris

    Arthur et Fox
    44 Rue du Bac
    75007 Paris

    There's another branch near the Opera.
    Also, as I recall, at least several years back,
    they owned another store near Ave. Foch
    but with a different name

    Weston shoes are another good bet.

    Have a great visit.
     


  4. garthbernstein

    garthbernstein Active Member

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    thank you for the great recommendation, that sounds like what I'm looking for.
     


  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My wife and I are headed to Paris in April as well and I've been doing some research. Bernardin in St Germain appears to have a lot of good tailored clothing and accessory options. http://bernardin.paris/

    I'm also planning on stopping in at both the Heschung and Paraboot stores to see their shoes. On past trips to Paris I have enjoyed picking up shoes as well as tailored clothing and accessories. In Paris the range of Paraboot and Heschung is much more varied and interesting than what we typically see in the US. They both make excellent shoes that are stylish and a good value. I especially like their rubber sole suede derbys or chukkas.
     
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  6. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    Bruce Fields (Rue de Richelieu, 2 mins walk from Carmina) for men’s shirts Made in France and suits from decent fabrics such as VBC.

    Corthay (Rue Volney, 2 mins walk from Charvet) for superlative shoes but get your wallet ready.

    Finsbury Shoes is also decent for affordable shoes.

    JM Legazel (either Printemps/Lafayette) for shoes and leather goods with crazy customised patina, and less waiting time than Septieme Largeur. Altan Bottier also has colourful patinaed shoes.

    Maximilliens in St Germain for overcoats made with Loro Piana fabric. Also some nice suits.

    Carmille Fournet (Rue Cambon) for customised watch straps.

    Ralph Lauren in St Germain for your RLPL suits and Marlows wingtip.

    There is also a shop called Husbands for semi-canvassed suits.

    If you have time, take the RER A to Val D’Europe (one stop before Disney) and visit the La Vallee Outlet. Here you can find discounted prices for Loro Piana, Hackett, Gant, Ralph Lauren, Dunhill, Heschung, St Dupont, Eric Bompard, Zegna, Alain Figaret, and lots of others. Train trip roughly 40 mins.
     


  7. bobbyz

    bobbyz Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning to head to paris a little bit later in the summer.

    I don't suppose the word affordable and Paris go together? Would love to introduce some unique french fashion into my wardrobe but don't want to break the bank. Any suggestions?

    The only thing I really have in mind is stopping by Carmina right now
     


  8. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    Carmina is neither unique French fashion nor cheap in Paris (compared with the website direct).

    If you get there during the sales season, you can get affordable things in Paris. Of course, it is highly dependent on what you mean by "affordable".
     


  9. bobbyz

    bobbyz Well-Known Member

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    You're right. Carmina is a bit cheaper over there than in Canada after duties and import fees (which are crazy)

    When is sales season?
     


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