We meet in the 2nd Arrondissement called "Sentier" which means "The Path" in French. Our exploration begins in the garment district where I show you a handful of fabric shops. We walk through hidden spiral stairways and underground basements where spools of fabric cluster and pile by the kilo. Guests have time to search and look for particular fabrics that strike their eye. Guests are welcome to shop but also just look. If lucky, fabrics from Hermes, Maison Margiela, and other Couture houses appear in the piles - a good eye will find them! From the garment district in the 2nd we will walk through the side streets to the 1st Arrondissement where we will find ourselves in a 180 year old button and ribbons shop. Vintage buttons, silk ribbons, spools of thread, and tulle compile the unique design space. Across the street we will wander inside the partnering hat shop where millinery casts, felt, and tulle whimsically fill the antique space. It is like stepping back in time to the 18th century voice of the Paris Couture world. We finish with a small round table conversation at Palais Royal park just 5 minutes from the shop. This tour and garment district findings is extremely beneficial for those who want to source fabric to start their own fashion company. The path of fashion history leads us through the cobblestone streets to what the everyday passerby would not find.
Parsons School of Design Graduate + MA at Parsons Paris. I have traveled the world between Asia, Europe and America visiting all the garment districts of each country. From Bassano, Italy to Guangzhou, China - residing in Paris for 3 years I have found the hidden fabric shops and secret Ateliers of Paris. Sourcing fabric is one of the most challenging aspects of being a designer. Take a look at the garment districts of Paris since 1800's. Currently founder of my hand-crafted outerwear label 'Arianna Alexis' www.ariannaalexis.com. My career started as a evening wear designer making custom gowns for the New York City Ballet company dancers. Now working as a designer and illustrator in Paris, I want to share my knowledge to inspire others to pursue their dreams. I also host a Fashion Illustration Workshop Experience here on Airbnb.
We will visit 4 fabric shops within the same square where guests will discover the hidden textile wonders of Paris. After the garment district we will wander the side streets to find 180 year old button and ribbons shop where guests will discover antique buttons and delicate tulle for hat making. To close, we will share our findings and journey at Palais Royal gardens
Possible spending money if guest finds fabric or textiles they want to leave with
This is a guided tour of the secret fabric shops of Paris for those interested in textiles, fabric, fashion culture in Paris and design!
Discover Secret Fabric Shops of Paris