As a global centre of haute couture and luxury goods, Paris is a natural destination for style-conscious travelers, or anyone hoping to find some exceptional items– from finely made clothing to jewelry, accessories or even antiques and high-end homeware. World-famous for its emphasis on fine craftsmanship and impeccable style, the French capital truly has it all. Read on to find out how our private Paris shopping tours and fashion-centric itineraries will help you not only home in on some extraordinary pieces, but also immerse you in the fascinating past and present of French style.
When you embark on a bespoke getaway to Paris with us and wish to focus some or all of your tour on shopping and fashion, you’ll benefit from the personal attention and guidance of a private guide and style expert who will design an itinerary perfectly suited to your interests.
Hoping to come away with the perfect new wardrobe that draws on this season’s couture runways? Your guide and personal stylist will put together a day or more of visits to boutiques and private auctions in high-end areas such as Rue Saint-Honoré, the Marais, Avenue Montaigne or Saint-Germain, where you may access VIP customer areas for fittings and be among the first customers to browse exclusive new collections. Welcome drinks upon the start of the tour are a possibility, too. You’ll also have the opportunity, with certain houses and brands, to order customizable pieces that are entirely unique. Whether you’re a fan of Givenchy, Dior, Balenciaga and Chanel, or more cutting-edge designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Pascal Millet, your style expert will be something like a personal shopper, working closely with you to build the new wardrobe you’re dreaming of.
If you’re more interested in bags, accessories and jewelry, or are in the market for a bespoke new perfume, your private shopping tour will revolve around visits to high-end French gem and jewelry designers in Paris such as Cartier, De Beers and Piaget, perfumers such as Serge Lutens and the Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and luxury accessory and bags designers including Louis Vuitton, Hermes/Jane Birkin, Moreau Paris and Darris Paris. Once again, you’ll be given VIP access to collections and private viewings not generally available to the wider public, and have the option of commissioning one-of-a-kind pieces.
Finally, if it’s antiques, fine art or wine that you’re most interested in acquiring, your private guide will lead you to luxury auctions, appointments at fine antique shops with expert sellers, meetings with wine and art dealers– the sky’s the limit. Our goal is to help you acquire precious pieces that will be cornerstones in your collection, from fine vintages to 18th-century furniture and prized works of art. We’ll unlock exclusive addresses and meetings with some of the capital’s most prestigious dealers, ensuring you make some true finds.
Of course, if many or most of these interest you, your bespoke itinerary can be crafted to include all of the above. The essence of a VIP tour is, after all, to perfectly fulfill your wishes and interests– and that’s our first objective.
Of course, a VIP shopping tour also wouldn’t be one if it simply involved simple visits to high-street boutiques: after all, you don’t need a private guide to window shop. Instead, your carefully tailored shopping tour can be upgraded and complemented by attending events that will give you a true insider’s look into present-day French (and global) style trends. Privacy and exclusivity is the name of the game.
This might involve attending events and exhibitions at Paris Fashion Week that are open to the public in small numbers only; runway shows at high-end department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette (these run year-round, so there’s always an opportunity to see firsthand what the latest trends are in couture), and visits to fashion ateliers and houses, where a select number of guests are allowed in to see the secrets behind the stitches. One example of a private visit we especially recommend is to Chanel House, at 31 Rue Cambon. Not only can you witness the timeless beauty of legendary designer Coco Chanel’s former apartment and workroom: you can also visit the boutique to view new designs and even order custom-made pieces.
For something a bit more contemporary and edgy, visit the City of Fashion and Design, located right on the banks of the Seine River and featuring boutiques and ateliers from up-and-coming designers, exhibition spaces, special fashion events, runway shows and more. The cafes and restaurants in the area are wonderful places to people-watch, too.
Shopping can be an exhausting venture, especially if you’re hoping to come away with jewelry, accessories and/or fine items for your home as well as clothing. With that in mind, your bespoke shopping tour of the French capital can easily include some luxurious moments of self-pampering and relaxation. Your personal tour designer can schedule a session at one of Paris’ most-coveted spas or beauty institutes after a morning or afternoon of shopping, for example. You might enjoy a facial, full-body treatment, relaxing steamroom, or makeover with a top beauty specialist.
If a gourmet indulgence is more your speed, why not take high afternoon tea at the Ritz, where Coco Chanel herself once lived? Or enjoy a gastronomic lunch complete with champagne at the Restaurant Alain Ducasse, situated within the sumptuous walls of the Plaza Athéneé Hotel? You might also want to enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious pastry on one of Paris’ many stunning rooftop bars, enjoying panoramic views and gorgeous decor.
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