Few hours from the opening of Mens Capsule in Paris, here is a selection of the finest multi-brand clothing and vintage shops in town.
Centre Commercial – Owned by the two guys from Veja, this concept-store extends their ethic and high-end vision of lifestyle with clothing, shoes, furniture, books and magazines. They carry fine French brands such as Bleu de Paname, Berangère Claire, Monsieur Lacenaire and Homecore. These are surrounded by other iconic names like New Balance, Pendleton, and Kind of a Guise.
13 rue de Marseille (10ème)
Royalcheese – Already having five stores in Paris, they are opening a sixth one in Upper-Marais at the end of January. This multi-brand shop melds traditional (Gloverall, Saint-James, Barbour, Filson…) and dynamic brands (Penfield, April 77, Lacoste L!ve, Etudes…). Honorable mention goes to their shoe shop distributing some of the best current brands: Yuketen, Grenson, Paraboot, Redwing, Clarks.
22/24 rue Tiquetonne (2ème), 129 rue vieille du Temple (3ème), 26 rue de Poitou (3ème)
Rocker Speed Shop – The headquarters of bikers and genuine clothes lovers in Paris. The clothing in this shop has been selected by two enthusiasts (notice the bikes in front of the shop) and carries enough heritage to fill several novels and promises to not let you down for (at least) the ten coming years with such brands as Filson, Mister Freedom, D Lewis, Schott USA and Pegasus.
19 rue des Commines (3ème)
Starcow – Still one of the best places to experience the street culture in Paris. A store where a gathering of two or three generations of streetwear lovers meet. They carry a nice blend between skate brands (Huf, Palace, Stussy,) and heritage brands (Carhartt, Norse project, Edwin, Etudes, Bleu de Paname).
64 et 68 rue St Honoré, (1er)
Frenchtrotters – Since they moved in their new duplex-a spot in rue Vieille du Temple-they widened their field of goods by carrying house linen and accessories (Comme des garçons, Jerome Dreyfuss). But their speciality is still their fine selection of basics for men (Our Legacy, Commune de Paris, Mark McNairy, Alden) and women (Acne, Les Prairies de Paris, Le Mont Saint Michel, APC.
128 rue Vieille du Temple (3ème), 28 & 30 rue de Charonne (11ème)
Merci – This huge concept store is a gathering place where one can find coffee, a restaurant, and a demanding selection of design and fashion (APC, Annick Goutal, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney), all wrapped in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Please notice the icing on the cake-that their profits are given to charities.
111 boulevard Beaumarchais (11ème)
Mamy Blue – Two close by shops with owners who have a passion for retro clothes. Maybe this is the finest vintage selection of Paris, a true paradise if you like 40’s, 50’s and classics.
69 & 73 rue de Rochechouart (9ème)
Thank God I’m a VIP – Hidden in the very quiet side of rue de Lancry, many Parisians have never heard about this second-hand shop. The stock is renewed each week with both casual and designer pieces, always in very good shape.
12 Rue de Lancry, (12ème)
Doursoux – Two addresses in Paris, full of military surplus clothes. They carry a huge choice of military jackets and vintage watches.
131 rue Amelot, (11ème) et 3 passage Alexandre, (15ème)
Please notice that during the Mens Capsule, the SALES are still going in Paris (Yes, this post is subsidized by French economy department).