Why do I love bookstores that much?
Well, they are like clothing boutiques but instead, they dress our imagination.
And a visit to one of the Paris’ fashion bookstores became my habit whether it’s just for browsing, searching for a gift or a new source of knowledge.
As you can imagine, the world’s haute couture capital has plenty to offer and will surely satisfy even the most eager readers!
So if you’re curious, here’re my absolute TOP 5 of Paris fashion bookstores!
Palais de Tokyo
My number one, without a doubt. 450m2 of facts, news, history, pictures and stories!
It’s more than just a bookstore. It’s an art space with an international selection of magazines, albums and books. What’s more, on any artistic subject that your mind can think of!
address: 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
openings: Wednesday – Monday 12:00 – 00:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
For many, OFR is considered as the queen of the lifestyle book shops. And it probably lives up to its title.
A store, an art gallery and a hangout spot – all the once. It’s offering an insight into a written and visual universe of style, photography, design or modern travelling.
You can easily spend hours flicking through pages of books that are piled up on the floor in a rather poetic mess!
address: 20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris
openings: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
Don’t worry! No one is getting furious or angry 😀 MAD stands for Musée des Arts Décoratifs and our star of the day is glued to this historical museum.
Out of all five Paris bookstores that I mention, this one is the most focused on widely perceived fashion. It’s very much orientated towards the professionals. But not only, of course!
So what to expect? Biographies of famous couturiers, technical guides on textiles, embroideries, accessories, fabrics and anything else related to historical and latest trends.
address: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
openings: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:30 (closed on Mondays)
The most eclectic, recognisable and secret fashion designer of the XXIth century. An art collector, a book worn, a photographer, a film director, a master of creation. Karl Lagerfeld.
This emblematic creator opened 7L bookstore in 1999 and the following year Editions 7L publishing company. He personally overlooked the selection of the books, and you can be sure to find titles on architecture, history, travelling or cooking, not to mention fashion and design.
Every time I go there, I feel like I’m entering the soul of the late Lagerfeld.
address: 7 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris
openings: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 – 19:00 (closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Taschen doesn’t need much introduction. A polished-looking boutique, designed by Philippe Starck that serves as a temple for any photography amateur and collector.
Are you looking for an illustrated history of dress, jazz music, New York graffiti or maybe Bauhaus architecture? Search no more! Taschen has it all.
address: 2 Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris
openings: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 20:00