Fashion Kid

Fashion Kid Paris Personnage

Illustration: Elliot Elam

The trick isn’t necessarily to do cocaine off a chic little rococo mirror — with a nice, yet subtle gold chain — that fits inside your Swedish friend’s purse. No, the trick is just to look like you did that repeatedly last night. You are too tired for life when the sun is out. Destiny and the incomensurability of the universe have given your eyes severe and noticeable social anxiety. So you decide to help them out with some glasses. Any glasses really. But everyone knows that “any glasses” really means glasses that people write novels. Of course, by “everyone” you mean your friends, and DJs. And by DJs, you mean your friends. You like music, but not that kind. Actually you used to like it. But that song reminds you of going to parties at Le Pompon last summer. watching that German girl scream into the microphone. You tell this to a friend over lunch at Palais de Tokyo, eating a tiny portion of mac and cheese served on a hot pink tray and listening to the Blondes (the band, not the people). Neither of you has gotten that internship at Egoïste but you wouldn’t have time to do it anyway. What with the Sartorialist hanging around the Jardins de Luxembourg and all, there isn’t enough time or enough taxis, or enough maxed out credit cards in the in the city (and thus the world) to keep up with you.

Our favourite places to spot a Fashion Kid

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Paris’ Alternative Nightlife

Text: Rooksana Hossenally Needless to say that Paris doesn’t quite have a bustling nightlife to rival London or New York, but it does have its fair share of quirky and traditional bars, restaurants and cabarets, as well as a number of alternative arty music events in venues all over the city. Popular with the capital’s ‘in’ crowd, venues like La … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Paris’ 20 Best Vintage Clothing Shops

Words: Meg Gagnard Our vintage clothing post has long been one of our readers’ favourites. We decided it needed an update, so we called on urban explorer Meg Gagnard of De Quelle planète es-tu? to update the guide, and give a bit more information about each place. Thanks, Meg! – Anne n. f. FRIPERIE: Vêtements, meubles qui, ayant servi, sont plus … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Le Rocketship

Words: Anne Ditmeyer As the holidays quickly approach, it’s always a good reminder to support local businesses. I’m lucky to call the 9th arrondissement home, which is full of interesting, independent shops including Le Rocketship. Part design boutique, and part coffee bar. The location is prime in the 9th arrondissement, around the corner from Hotel Amour, a block from rue des … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

The Gaîté Lyrique

Text: Aidan Mac Guill The Théâtre de la Gaîté Lyrique first opened in its current location on the rue Papin in 1862. That incarnation was itself a reconstruction of the original Théâtre de la Gaîté, which had opened on the boulevard du Temple in 1808, but was destroyed in the construction of the boulevard Voltaire. That itself had been what … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Café Bonnie by Canal Saint Martin

Text: Nick Forrester Café Bonnie, located just around the corner from Quay de Valmy on the Canal St Martin, is as 60s kitch as anywhere in Paris. Though the bar has more pink and baby blue than Lady Penelope’s bedroom, all is not as it seems. The blue awning is growing slightly moldy green and the plush interior has become … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Text: Tiffany Tang Situated in the Louvre’s nineteenth-century Rohan and Marsan wings is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of decorative art and design that houses over 150,000 objects, showcasing collections of antiquities and modern designs from the Middle Ages to the present day. The collections encompass a vast diversity of decorative objects including furniture, tableware, carpets, stained glass, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

La Conserverie

Text: Sarah Moriarty The eclectic bar-restaurant, La Conserverie, at 35 bis rue du Sentier in the second arrondissement, serves some of the best cocktails in the city. This is big praise for a place has only been in business for four months and is keeping a death-defyingly low profile. As well as a selection of classic cocktails, La Conserverie’s menu … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Point Ephémère on Canal St Martin

Text: Will Best If you allow yourself to meander down the Canal St Martin, you’ll stumble upon the industrial outer body of artistic haven Point Ephémère.  Once a factory, Point Ephémère now buzzes to a bohemian vibe thanks to the foresight and community based initiative from Usines Ephémère, the non-profit organisation overseeing the goings-on. The space includes 5 music studios, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Forum des Images

Text: David Britain   Although its location inside Forum des Halles is not the most desirable, Forum des Images is the gem of this underground maze. Nowhere else will you find such an enormously varied film agenda including 1920s silent film, contemporary art house cinema and everything in between. There is a strong emphasis on the French cinema tradition with … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Cité de la Mode et du Design

Text: Anna Bromwich  Perched on Quai D’Austerlitz on the old industrial banks of the Seine is a 21st century Emerald City. The Cité de la Mode et du Design is a converted storehouse wrapped in a vibrant green, wavy skin that was designed to echo the murky Seine running beside it. Cité de la Mode opened mid 2010 along with … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Chez Jeannette

Text: Susie Hollands and Ana Lee-Karkar  This very tatty old bar once frequented students from L’Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq next door.  Now it’s one of the right bank hang-outs for the arty-fashion-gay crowd, the bar is located right on the Strasbourg St Denis Market opposite Passage Brady’s Indian alley – yes, a quartier trés métissé. The food is … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Tokyo Art Club

The Tokyo Art Club aims to bring together art lovers and collectors focusing on contemporary creations. Every Wednesday the Tokyo Art Club welcomes an artist, a figure in the art world or a personality associated with art, for a meeting followed by a glass of wine / party. Every three months, a meeting with MarcOlivier Wahler, the director of the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]


ARTYDANDY, a chic gallery in St Germain, offers a selection of art books & magazines, surprising fashion accessories and decorative design objects. Sublime, kitsch, baroque, graphic or political, the objects are neither tools defined by their function nor necessities of modern life, but “a social metaphor” as Ettore Sottssas has once said about Design. ARTYDANDY aims to unite these unique … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Oh la la!

Located right by Place de la République, this old workshop has been transformed into a bar / restaurant / loft. One half of the space will be decked out in Space Invaders, the other half will be a hub for artists including eBoy, the musical ambiance composed by Béatrice Ardisson. Food will involve classic French dishes with an innovative twist. … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

La Briciola

Words: Daniel Scheffler In the epicenter of Parisian trendiness comes a truly unashamed Italian bistro offering freshness and understated simplicity. Dark rocket leaves, many tomatoes and shavings of parmesan cover an eclectic plate of Southern Italy. Order pizzas with ricotta and ask for chillies whilst the owners pour heavy shots of limoncello. The interior is minimal and allows for the focus of … [CLICK TO READ MORE]


Words: Lauren Ballinger Tired of finding yourself wearing the drab black and greys of the Parisian wardrobe? For an unusual, yet classy kick of color visit Essentiel. After a stroll through the Jardin de Luxembourg, hop down to their nearby location and delight yourself with their flashy accessories or perhaps a vivid apple green coat to really stand out among … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Rose Bakery in the Marais

Words: Daniel Scheffler With sanctuaries like these, the trick is to keep breathing. The light knight has saved me to a place beyond. Some of the best coffee in paris, the darkest chocolate and the tarts parading the shelves with vestibular influence. A meeting rectangle for old friends and being sat down at an already bubbling table with one seat … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Kids Clothes for the Fashionistas

Here are some of the best places to check out fringues for little rascals… Visiting fashion editors head for Du Pareil au Meme (list of shops all over Paris). The colours, designs and quality are all excellent and the prices low. Tout Compte Fait and Sergent Major are also well priced, designed and excellent quality.  For run of the mill … [CLICK TO READ MORE]