We’ve been taking note of the rapid growth of French brands popping up on our streets for a while now, and it literally fells like a French fashion invasion. Their weapon of choice: boutiques carrying timelessly chic and effortlessly clothing. They’ve turned on their charm, and their stores have become favorites on the island, with many branching out to multiple locations.
Check the list below for our favorites, so that you can find out where to get “un petit peu” of Paris right here in New York.
ZADIG & VOLTAIRE
This is the fourth and most recent store for Zadig & Voltaire, which previously only had downtown locations. They’re also opening another store on Broome Street later this year, so stay tuned for that.
992 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10075
Of course, the iconic red sole would originate in the iconic City of Lights. The famous designer of the celeb-favored heels also has a men’s-only store in the Meatpacking District—because “les hommes” appreciate good shoes too.
965 MADISON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10021
Though the label is currently at the helm of Brit Phoebe Philo, Céline hasn’t lost any of its French flair. This multi-level flagship location just opened last year.
870 MADISON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10021
Brand founder Jeanne Lanvin started with a modest boutique des chapeaux (that’s hats for you non-French speakers) in Paris way back in 1889. Fast forward to today, and you’ve got NY Giants football star Victor Cruz in a turquoise Lanvin tux at the Met Ball.
815 MADISON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10065
Roger Vivier is a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it—he’s the inventor of the sexy, often painful stiletto heel. At least the boutique on Madison Avenue has comfy seats for trying them on
750 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10065
The unmistakable icon of a horse-drawn carriage against an orange background just screams French luxury. For the gentlemen, there’s the men’s store across the street.
691 MADISON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10065
We know that every girl has the same Longchamp tote, but you can’t deny their functionality—plus, they look cute in every color. Check out the rainbow-hued wall of totes in the flagship location
713 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10065
This Dior flagship underwent a major renovation back in 2010, and covered its facade with a giant purse to hide the construction mess. If that’s not the epitome of French luxury, we don’t know what is.
21 E 57TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10022
You can always count on Louis Vuitton for elaborate window displays, and sometimes works of art that cover the building. Case in point: the brand’s collaboration with polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama.
1 E 57TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10022
This boutique inside the NoMad hotel, which offers an excellent selection of music from the Kitsuné record label in addition to classic pieces for both men and women, recently feted its one-year anniversary. Its not-so-French neighbor? Opening Ceremony.
1170 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10001
The Jane Street shop was the designer’s first standalone store in the USA. Open since 2010, we’d say its dramatic stilettos, wedges, and sandals are the height of Parisian chic—literally.
30 JANE ST, NEW YORK, NY 10014
While we eagerly await the two new stores on Mercer Street (men’s and women’s stores across from each other are slated for a November opening), we’ll have to make do with this location. Though it was originally set up as a seasonal store last year, it’s still going strong.
138 WOOSTER ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012
This is the first US store for the label, which has been experiencing rapid growth in Europe over the past few years. Their pre-fall collection is filled with cozy sweaters, sleek leather jackets, and skinny jeans—perfect for a stroll down the Champs Elysees or 5th Avenue.
450 BROOME ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012
SURFACE TO AIR
Surface to Air’s American flagship was going for dramatic French flair when it opened in the fall of 2011. The space is cloaked in soft lighting that’s meant to complement the collections on the floor.
27 MERCER STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10013
The woman basically responsible for the wedged sneaker phenomenon opened her first US store in Soho just a couple months after husband Jerome Dreyfuss opened his own shop next door. (We’d bet that makes for really cute after-work dates in the neighborhood.) Note that the store was designed by the same architect who created Marant’s Paris shops.
469 BROOME ST, NEW YORK, NY 10013
It may have taken forever, but the Saint Laurent store on Greene Street (designed by Hedi Slimane himself) finally opened last month, joining the East 57th Street flagship. The sleek shop displays bags and shoes along the walls like the works of art they are.
80 GREENE STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10012
The pearls, the tweed, the suits—Chanel might just be the most iconic French brand there is. This Soho store, with its industrial-like columns, marries classic Parisian chic with New York downtown cool.
139 SPRING ST, NEW YORK CITY, NY 10012