shopping in Paris: a short story

Jardins Du Palais Royal, Paris

Jardins Du Palais Royal, Paris

It is a great exercise in restraint to have travel plans that allow you only one day in Paris [see my previous post on prepping for such a thing]. So we embraced the little time we had and went in search of the best cafe creme, the perfect meal and boutiques that included a short list of vintage stores that carried designer labels. We were also in search of "the perfect moment".

Jardins Du Palais Royal
We did our homework ahead of time and knew we needed to see the vintage Chanel dresses at Jardins Du Palais Royal. When we arrived to the vintage Chanel boutique the gowns and LBDs in the windows were stunning! But the doors were locked. This may have been for the best since the impulse shopping that could have taken place would have been spendy to say the least!

There are two boutiques in this area that I adored and would highly recommend: Épice´ scarf shop and vintage designer boutique Gabrielle Geppert [GG].

Épice is a scarf boutique with a modern store design that acts as a backdrop for beautifully made scarves. I love how the scarves hang on display one next to the other with inventory in boxes on a grid shelving system. You can see all the scarves in the LoookBook but the friendly staff are more then happy to pull them out and let you touch, and try on. It was a challenge to only choose one or two! The packaging is a folded black envelope with a black ribbon closure and upon purchase they offer you a small scarf as a gift.

Gabrielle Geppert  |  31 Palais Royal  |  Vintage Chanel, Hermes and more
Gabrielle Geppert has collected handbags, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, and clothing that although gently used are in immaculate condition. She has great taste and an eye for vintage items that are classic and still relevant.  She is also a designer soon to launch her own line of jewelry, eyewear, and clothing. I picked up a pair of sunglasses that she designed as they are unique and well made-in France. Look for later postings on Gabrielle and her designs! On your next trip to Paris please look her up and tell her we sent you! 

After a long day of shopping we walked across town to Cafe Constant and shared a lovely French meal. Everything was prepared to perfection and we left with the chef's latest cookbook. Between the shops, the coffee, the conversation and the entree and dessert we also managed to find more then a few "perfect moments".