Penta Spotlight: Shop like a Parisian
Right now, fashionistas from across the globe are flocking to Paris. Not only is it the Grand Launch party of our pentahotel at Paris, Charles de Galle but it’s Paris Fashion week!
Fashion designers from the city’s houses influence shapes, colours and fabrics season in and season out; this is a city where clothes are deemed as ‘works of art’ and not just garments. The Paris Fashion Week shows themselves might be off-limits to all but there is plenty of style on the streets of the city for anyone visiting the French capital this Autumn.
It’s fair to say that shopping in Paris can be overwhelming but at Pentahotels we consider ourselves to be fashionable and in our latest blog we would like to give you the lowdown on the stores that you can’t miss next time you find yourself along the seine:
1. The Nose, 20 Rue Bachaumont, 75002
This stunning boutique sells every perfume that you could ever want. When you enter the store you are asked by staff to fill out a survey, suitably named “the perfume diagnostic”. You will then receive five fragrance recommendations based on your answer. It’s the ultimate shopping experience for anyone who wants to find their scent.
2. Iglaine, 2 Rue de la Grande Truanderie, 75001
Vintage designer clothes without the expensive price tag. This small store will satisfy all of your luxe vintage needs and as long as your whiling to raid the racks of clothes in the store- you might find yourself the ultimate designer bargain. Vintage Chanel, Lacroix, Saint Laurent and second hand Balmain and Mugler are all to be found. If you’re on a tight budget then this is the your place to find an outfit that looks chic but comes cheap.
3. Carine Gilson Lingerie, 18 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
Here you’ll find the most beautiful, delicate, silky, lace lingerie. After all, you are in France and we believe you should do like the French do: ooze sex appeal! Perhaps this is the shop that you ask your partner if you can borrow their credit card for the day….
4. Babel, 55 Quai de Valmy, 75010
This intimate boutique offers everything from clothing swimwear, accessories, beautiful leather bags, trinkets and gadgets. Everything you find in Babel is French- they have an ethos to support local design and creation. It’s a very quirky store in Paris’s 10th district so if want to channel your inner Parisian look, it’s definitely the store for you…
5. Isabel Marant, 16 Rue de Charonne, 75011
Discover bohemian elegance at Isabel Marant’s Paris concept store. It’s a famous brand famed for its cool, pared-down Parisian vibe. The designs are in vogue, nonchalant and impossibly chic. The brand is most popular for its shoes, which have been worn by Hollywood stars including Kate Bosworth, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway and Hilary Duff.
Something for the Boys…
WAIT, 9 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003
Sun, sea, surf and a collection of super cool shades can be found in this Parisian chic meets Californian men’s concept store. Summer might be over but the collection of menswear on offer at this funky store are eco-friendly and are made to last! The shop is also home to the world’s first biodegradable sunglasses designed by the stores owners and made entirely of wood. This seasons Autumn/Winter collection also offer the trendy gentlemen out there something to keep them warm in the cold months ahead.
Shopping in central Paris is easy with pentahotels CDG. Transport is very accessible from the hotel to the airport terminals with a free shuttle to/from pentahotels where you will find a frequent bus service to Paris City Centre. Please visit http://www.aeroville.com for details on transits, destinations and timings.