Europe Travel

Paris – Part 4: Abercrombie & Charvet

Happy Friday! Do you all have big weekend plans? Mr. Feather and I are heading to New York this morning for the long weekend – I hear it is going to be hot hot hot everywhere (I hope my mom remembers to come over and water my precious plants)!

And now, here is Part 4 of our time in Paris (Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3 here):

So on our last full day in Paris, while I was walking down the Champs Elysees, I noticed this long line of people on the street, kind of like a club layout – with men in white polo shirts and walkie talkies walking with authority down the line, kind of like bouncers. Instantly curious, I walked closer, only to discover that the place inspiring this type of behavior was Abercrombie & Fitch. Amazing!! There were at least 40+ people in line, and tourists were being let in a little bit at a time. Glad to see that my former place of employment is doing healthy business abroad (not sure if domestic is as rosy).

Charvet at Place Vendome

Mr. Feather really dislikes shopping for himself – when he needs something he just wants to get a bunch of them so he theoretically he has to enter the mall as little as possible (although this all goes out the window because of me). Anyway, one of our mutual favorite places for dress shirts is Charvet, which we visited that afternoon. Charvet is a bespoke tailor and shirt maker, and has been around since 1838. They really make some of the most beautiful and luxurious shirts (and pajamas) in the world.

Our first stop was the 4th floor, which sells ready to made men’s shirts. There are hundreds and hundreds of colors – one of the colors we wanted was light purple and there were probably 30 different shades to choose from. When you want to buy a shirt, you try on one of their standard “sample” shirts which is this jailhouse stripe, make sure it fits, and then select the colors you want in that size. You don’t try on the actual shirt, because then Charvet would have to get it sent off for cleaning and repressing immediately, you dirty birds!

Also on the 4th floor were these raw bolts of silk, and these men’s pajamas and robes in materials like silk and cashmere. The salesman told me that one of their customers is cold all the time, and so he buys silk robes, lined in cashmere for every day of the week. Who is this dude, some kind of Bond villain??

The 3rd floor was the tailor’s floor – here you see all the raw bolts of cloth and the tailors hard at work! Most shirts require some type of alteration, and most are free at Charvet, included in the price of the shirts. Of course you can also get bespoke shirts, made custom for you….$$$ but so worth it!

Our salesman was so sweet, he gave Mr. Feather a little bag of cufflinks that matched the colors of the shirts he picked out. Adorable! I really wanted to buy myself something but my days of wearing dress shirts to work are over (hooray, Silicon Valley dress codes). I inquired about a shirtdress for women but was told they didn’t make them: “But, some of the ladies, they like to buy an extra large men’s shirt, and then belt it, ” the salesman said.

“But I am not a super tall, willowy, chic French lady!!” I wailed.

“Well…yes…I suppose this is true…” he said. I always like it when sales people give me the truth!

I think if I cover our London trip it will be way, way later, so I included this little shot of our airplane snack on our flight back from Heathrow to San Francisco. I always like to look at airplane food even though I rarely eat it, this was pretty yummy though, some proscuitto and salami. I never eat the hot foods (except the cookies), they make me queasy on planes.

Okay, that’s it for Paris! I hope you all enjoyed the posts, and my best wishes that you all have a fabulous holiday weekend. Hopping on my plane now…stay safe this July 4th everybody (and the same to my international friends)!

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  • Make Mommy Chic
    July 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Katherine, you and your fiance have such great taste in quality items- we definitely learn a lot from reading your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your Paris pics with us- really looking forward to the London posts! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  • Kelly
    July 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Wonderful photos from Paris. I love the photo with the raw bolts of silk next to the men's robes. Enjoy your trip to NY and happy 4th of July!!

  • Lydia
    July 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Wow, look at all those beautiful fabrics! I know right, what's up with men and shopping. I don't understand how anyone does not shopping!
    I love going to NY City. It's a shame even though I live in NY State, I don't visit it that often. Enjoy NYC. Happy Independence day too!

  • lauraloo
    July 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Oh wow – too bad I I missed Charvet when I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. My DH would have loved it -thanks for the great pictures!

  • Annette
    July 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Um. Silk robes lined in cashmere? WHO IS THIS CLOWN. Haha don't mind me, my jealousy is showing.

    Have fun in NY!!

  • Melissa
    July 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    HAHA About the salesman!! I need a friend like that to go shopping with me… Looks like you had a great time… so interesting about A&F.

    Have fun traveling for the weekend!! Wish I were going somewhere fun!


  • Sarah
    July 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I like the reading list you put together – can't wait to check out some of the links! I need to organize all of the content I'm taking in but would actually have to take a braek from absorbing content to work on that… (vicious cycle, I know) 🙂 I'm actually sad that the Paris posts are over! Love the stories – and LOVE honest salesmen!! 🙂 Have a fab trip to NY!!


  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    July 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hubby is going to die if he sees your post on Charvet! He's crazy about bespoke shirts. Perhaps a little too obsessed.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    July 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hubby is going to die if he sees your post on Charvet! He's crazy about bespoke shirts. Perhaps a little too obsessed.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    July 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hubby is going to die if he sees your post on Charvet! He's crazy about bespoke shirts. Perhaps a little too obsessed.

  • amy b.s.
    July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    have such a great time in new york!

  • Jenna Lee
    July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love abercrombie! Always have and always will! But a line to get in… crazy!

  • Michelle
    July 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    A) NYC is my favoritest place on the planet. Super jeal you are headed there.
    B) I'm obsessing over your photos of Charvet. OMFG. Anything bespoke has my heart.
    C)Airplane food = gross, esp. hot food. However, your melon and proscuitto look surprisingly delish. Hmmmm. Now I want some salami.

  • emilija
    July 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    So lovely!

    You've got a cute blog, maybe you'd like to follow each other?

  • DSK Steph
    July 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I learn so much about luxurious brands from you! You rock! Where have you been all my life?!

  • B.Inspired
    July 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I didn't stop in this store but when I was in Paris it was the same deal…LONG line! Inside is beautiful and so glad you showed it to us! Enjoy NYC 🙂

  • t
    July 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Cool post!

  • Izzy
    July 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    All so perfectly arranged! Hope you visit back! Izzy xo

  • newpetite
    July 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Bond villain.. Hahaha.. That was funny!

  • Jingxst
    July 2, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I’m not someone who typically comments but I'll admit, I'm appreciative of someone who gives good linkage! I can’t wait to start cracking down your list in the "Reading Now…" section. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has love for a good general interest read, let alone someone who has an appreciation for articles that combine both business sense and fashion. Aha Some random TMI, I annoy all my chat friends with links on my “Set Status Here” bar that I think are worthy of attention. After all, isn’t it sharing is caring? My current ‘status’ is set to this article on Groupon but there was a time I had the Chanel 2.55 vs. Warren Buffet article. Aha sound familiar? =P

  • Mindy♥
    July 2, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Gorgeous pics!!!! Have a wonderful time in NY!! <3

  • Lady Sakura
    July 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Glad to see that you had such a wonderful time in Paris!! the city and all the places are beautiful! I wish i could visit Paris someday! My parents did but they didn't take me there lol.

    Hope you have a good time on your holiday weekend too. 🙂

  • Latkes and Dim Sum
    July 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Have a great time in NY (my neck of the woods). Hope you have lots of fun things planned!!! 🙂

  • Sarah M.
    July 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Beautiful pics of Paris! Can't wait to go back there myself at the end of August. Have a safe flight back! Thanks for commenting on my blog – I'm following you now…wanna follow me?

    xx from Montreal,


  • Dominique
    July 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    AHH! Just discovered your blog – Paris sounds beautiful!
    I remember when I went to Indonesia I was picking out all these shirts for my dad. Oh, what would he do without me? Haha


  • audrinajulia
    July 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I really enjoy your Paris trip. I learned a lot from shopping to yummy food craze.

  • EngineeringFashionista
    July 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I enjoyed your accounts from your Paris trip. Just curious, if you don't check in luggage, how do you bring back all your shopping goodies home with you. I always end up having to check in my clothes because all the goodies along with their boxes always end up taking up so much room, lol. BTW, I really enjoy your blog; you're a witty writer.

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    July 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Love hearing about your shopping exploits in Paris. That rainbow wall of dress shirts = amazing!

  • monpetitsecret
    July 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Just discovered your blog. Me and my fiance are going to paris soon. Can't wait!