Paris Fashion Walk, Part II - Galerie Vero-Dodat, Galerie Vivienne, and Place des Victoires


Talk about a stimulus package!  One of the reasons that I like going on the tours offered by Paris Walks is that I always learn fascinating bits of information that help me to better understand French culture.  For example, when our guide told us that, in an effort to bolster the textile industry, Napolean Bonaparte forbade women to appear at court in the same dress more than twice, I had an epiphany.  Following the latest fashions isn't a frivolous pursuit, it's a patriotic duty, for as Napolean supposedly said, "Luxury for the rich provides the essentials for the poor."


So, in an effort to do my part for the French economy, I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon visiting some of the boutiques that we had passed on the Paris Walks tour.  After strolling through the delightful Jardin du Palais Royale, I went to Jean Paul Gaultier at 6 rue Vivienne and admired the new 3-D clothing line that comes complete with glasses.  Although the saleswomen made me slightly nervous by following me around the shop, they were friendly and even suggested that I try on the 3-D glasses to get the full effect of the design on one of the t-shirts. 

Galerie Vivienne
Next, I made my way to the Galerie Vivienne, which is located right next to Jean Paul Gaultier, and had a light lunch followed by some luscious cheesecake at A Priori Thé.  With small boutiques, a couple of restaurants, and lots of quiet ambience,  Galerie Vivienne is rapidly becoming one of my favorite spots in Paris.  It's not a bustling place like the Champs Elysées and a teenager would possibly find it a bit boring, but I absolutely love it.




From the Galerie Vivienne, I wandered over to the Galerie Vero-Dodat on Rue du Bouloi and tried on some Christian Louboutin shoes that were priced around Euros 2,000.  In spite of Napolean's dictum, I left the store empty handed.  The shoes were wonderful, but I wouldn't make it very far in stiletto heels!  Interestingly enough, the cobbler next to Christian Louboutin was putting red rubber soles on the bottom of shoes.  I wonder if there is a connection between the two stores or if people bring in their regular shoes and have red soles put on them to resemble Louboutin's trademark.


As previously mentioned in my first post about the Fashion Walk, I recommend joining the Paris Walks tour if it is offered during your stay in Paris.  If it isn't, here's a list of the stores in the order that we passed them on the walking tour:  Galerie Vero-Dodat, by Terry (Galerie Vero-Dodat. Custom made cosmetics by appointment only), Christian Louboutin (Galerie Vero-Dodat), Kenzo (Place des Victoires), Victoires (Place des Victoires), Jean Paul Gaultier (Rue Vivienne), and Galerie Vivienne.

Happy shopping!

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  1. Very nice pictures.

    If for art of your patriotic duty as a fashionista you ever hop over the pond to England (UK) you must visit the Victoria Quarter in Leeds.

    The layout and architecture is similar to the Galerie Vivienne and there are a wide range of shops and a café.

    (For a sneak preview go "Victoria Quarter Images" into Google and select images.)

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  2. Kwesi, After seeing the photos of the Victoria Quarter in Leeds I really am tempted to hop on a train (or plane) and head to the UK. It looks beautiful! And you're right, as a budding fashionista I think that it's almost my "duty"!

    Many thanks for telling me about it!

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  3. The shoe cobbler probably worked for Louboutin, because some women don't want the red sole to rub off, so they get a red sole put under, so the real sole is intact :)

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  4. I think that you're right about the cobbler. Not that I've ever owned a pair of Louboutins but I can imagine that the red sole doesn't last very long if you wear it somewhere that doesn't have carpeting. Knowing how much that red sole is worth, I would want to keep it intact!

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