The 5 best made-to-measure boutiques in Paris
1) La Fabrique Générale
Have the hat of your dreams made in this lovely shop cum workshop, in a former mirror factory. Looking for a panama or a fedora, then choose the shape, the colour and the ribbon. They also regularly host workshops so you can learn how to fashion hats yourself with traditional machinery.
This shop is the perfect place to find a gift for the man in your life. Choose a shirt, the shape of the collar, the colour or pattern, a traditional shirt or something more modern. Finally, as the height of luxury, have his initials embroidered in the font of your choice.
3) Lin & Cie
This tiny shop is ideally suited if you’re looking for a customised gift for a newborn. You can have the baby’s name embroidered on all kinds of objects made of linen, poplin or Liberty fabric including toiletry bags, cushions, satchels and onesies. What’s more you can even add a fun illustration like a Vespa or a guitar.
4) Au Fil des Lettres
Marie-Brune de Dreux-Brézé and Béatrice Hintzy are the queens of personalised gifts. You can develop the most refined gifts and the most inconceivable ideas with them, whether you’re thinking of embroidered napkins for a special dinner, an engraved crystal paperweight or a customised seat for your child. At Au Fil des Lettres they take the time to choose the gift that is best suited to the occasion.
5) Ex Nihilo
This magnificent perfumery sells eight exclusive fragrances that have been created by eight of the best ‘noses’ in the world. After having chosen your favourite you can add a personal touch to it to make it even more sublime. May rose, jasmine, vanilla… Choose from three different scents for each fragrance. The store’s accommodating staff will help you make a selection.
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