best bet: le bon marché

Paris is full of gorgeous monuments, historical landmarks and natural wonder, but it's also one of the best places in the world to, well, shop.  It's a city with a myriad of concept stores, small boutiques and the best department stores in the world. We'll be sharing some of our favourites with you, but first up is Le Bon Marché.  Located on the city's achingly cool left bank (or rive gauche, as the Parisians say), Le Bon Marché is surrounded by a group of wonderful locally-bred brands such as Maje, sandro and ba&sh; not far down the road is our favourite museum in Paris, the Musee Rodin.  They say that the best way to judge someone is by the company they keep; well, if that's the case then Le Bon Marché is one super-cool cat.  We've started things off with this store, because it's really a one-stop shop for pretty much everything you need in terms of fashion, books, beauty and crafts.  It's also the best of the best in terms of visual merchandising.  The interiors are gorgeous, with immaculate escalators designed by famed French interior designer, Andrée Putman.  If you've only got time for one place to shop while you're in Paris, we'd definitely say you need to hit up Le Bon Marché.


Escalators designed by Andree Putman.

Whimsical ribbon selection in the haberdashery corner!

Quaint, feminine fabrics; designed exclusively by Le Bon Marche.

Printed T-shirts with brand names as brand indicators; genius VM idea.

Exterior window display.  Le Bon Marche took the season's biggest trend (prints) and designed several windows around each print.  Designers included Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Nina Ricci, among others.

Lovely little bookstore inside.

Le Bon Marche displays different artwork throughout their store; they change the art installations regularly so that they are always introducing their customers to new artists.


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