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Shopping the Menswear Renaissance in le Marais

You may have heard that there’s a sort of renaissance going on in Parisian menswear. Surely you’re no stranger to shopping in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood, but over the past several months, a handful of menswear stores – branded and multilabel – have opened up in the Haut-Marais. The area is generally considered as further north than rue de Bretagne and extends almost to Place de la République. In my estimation, menswear is the most exciting thing happening in fashion in Paris right now.

Therefore, in preparation for Men’s Fashion Week in Paris which starts on Wednesday, I surveyed 13 must-see menswear destinations over the weekend. Most have opened within the past 6 months or even as recent as a few weeks ago. While some brands are established, others are relatively unknown. Either way, product offerings are enticing and the further-afield locations make shopping much more enjoyable than the well trodden streets elsewhere in Le Marais. Below you’ll find the list of stores that I shopped (all within walking distance in the order that I shopped them), along with descriptions and photos. Note that I did not include the more mainstream brands like The Kooples, which you’ll find every few blocks in the lower Marais.

[ONE] Ami by Alexandre Mattiussi is a seriously hyped Parisian menswear brand, which  opened up shop in December, right next to famed concept store Merci. Highly trafficked location aside, Ami commands significant attention on its own, with a sophisticated look and complete men’s wardrobe. The designer earned his chops at Givenchy and Marc Jacob’s men and his own label reflects modern contemporary at its best.

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Ami
109 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
[TWO] While you may already be familiar with multibrand store FrenchTrotters, it’s worthwhile to make a stop at the newest outpost in Le Marais, which features men’s, women’s and home. The menswear space features a smart assortment of brands like Band of Outsiders and Levis Made & Crafted, along with FrenchTrotters private label goods.

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FrenchTrotters
128 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris

Hours: Monday 2:30pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday – Saturday 11:30am – 8pm, Sunday 2pm – 7pm

[THREE] La Panoplie is a young men’s French casual brand also located on rue Vieille du Temple. The square-shaped space presents the clean menswear collection composed of easy knits, bermuda shorts and parkas. The brand boasts some of the most competitive price points, ranging from 45€ to 199€.

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La Panoplie
 126 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
[FOUR] You know Christophe Lemaire as the womenswear designer for Hermès. It’s well worth a stop at his namesake men’s and women’s store with its open and spacious interior and forward clothes to match.

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Christophe Lemaire
 28 rue de Poitou 75003 Paris

[FIVE] It can be said that Melinda Gloss is a pioneer in le Marais’ menswear scene, having opened up shop on rue de Saintonge in 2010 (there’s another location in Saint Germain on 9 rue Madame). The contemporary brand boasts a complete product range from shirts and knits to outerwear, leather goods and accessories which are sold in their 2 Paris shops as well as international retailers from New York to Tokyo.

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Melinda Gloss
42 rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm & 3:15pm – 8pm

[SIX] 13 Bonaparte is a rising star in the Parisian menswear scene. Their new shop/studio just opened in May and is impressive from both a product and interiors perspective. A workwear aesthetic is evident in updated contemporary separates, from chevron overshirts and jersey henleys to waxed twill parkas. The clean yet contemporary interior and exposed studio compliments the collection, as does an inviting scent, available soon in store.

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13 Bonaparte
2 bis rue de Normandie 75003 Paris
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 7:30pm

[SEVEN] On rue Charlot, Ron Dorff opened up shop in Paris in December and is noted for its idea of modern gymwear and ‘alligning Parisian taste with Swedish functionality.’ A small yet dense assortment focuses on screen t-shirts and sweatshirts with catch phrases like the brand’s motto ‘DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD’.

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Ron Dorff
54 rue Charlot 75003 Paris

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 7:30pm

[EIGHT] RA is an Antwerp-based concept store which recently opened in Paris. The location is off the beaten path, but once inside, you get the idea that you’ve discovered something really freaking cool. The ‘1920s salon ambiance’ is quite inspiring and vintage mixes harmoniously with emerging designers. The menswear assortment on hand, while small features such visionaries like Walter Van Beirendonck.

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RA Paris
14 rue de la Corderie 75003 Paris

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm

[NINE] If you’re familiar with Parisian sunglasses brand Waiting For The Sun, you’re going to want to check out concept store Wait by the same crew. Closer to République, it is a bit of a walk but well worth the diversion if you’re into skate and surf culture. The store is pretty awesome from a merchandising perspective with surf boards and vintage furniture creating a laid back vibe. There’s even an open kitchen in the back. Bamboo sunnies are featured alongside a concise assortment of t-shirts, books and surf related gear.

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WAIT
9 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth 75003 Paris

Hours: Monday 11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 2pm – 7pm

[TEN] Bless is a small yet established destination for conceptual fashion by the Berlin and Paris based collective. Nomadic looks are composed of items like the brand’s patterned sweatshirts or pants, hung artfully on draped racks.

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Bless
14 rue Portefoin 75003 Paris

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 2:30pm – 7pm, Saturday 12pm – 7pm

[ELEVEN] Coincidence is a gem of a store offering both womenswear and menswear. A selection of mannequins, merchandise and select lifestyle products (think ecosystem in a jar) invite visitors on the main floor. There you will find  menswear from Études, the Paris and New York based collective. (HINT if you’re interested, Études is currently hosting a pop-up store featuring menswear, books and furniture at 11 rue Debelleyme until Sunday June 30th.) But the real treasure of Coincidence is downstairs where a spacious, almost medieval space awaits. The vaulted ceilings and exposed bricks seem to divide avant-garde collections by the likes of Rick Owens and Silent by Damir Doma. Accessories and screen t-shirts are thoughtfully mixed in, seemingly offering something for everyone.

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Coincidence
11 rue Chapon 75003 Paris

Hours: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 8pm

[TWELVE] The Void makes a strong statement as a new multibrand menswear store that opened last Fall. A forward mix of designers is represented including Yohji Yamamoto and Damir Doma as well as Devoa Marvielab and Forme d’Expression. (The owners believe in their brand mix so much that the names are listed in the front window). The store’s minimalist concrete appearance is right in line with the edgy mix of designers it carries.

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The Void
3 rue des Haudriettes 75003 Paris

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 7:30pm

[THIRTEEN] Italian brand Officina Slowear is the most commercially located store on  this list, in a central spot on rue Vieille du Temple. It’s also probably the most international brand, having several stores across Europe and Asia (there’s another one in Paris near Madeleine at 25 rue Royale). The two-story shop in Le Marais is fully stocked with the brand’s casual menswear collection in a cozy and stylish atmosphere.

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Officina Slowear

75 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris

This entry was published on June 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM and is filed under Brands, Designers, Menswear, Paris, Retail. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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