In Paris, the fashion trend of the moment is having your own personal shopper. From the city’s grands magasins to independent fashion advisors, there’s no shortage of creative alternatives to traditional shopping.
Many Paris shops are offering personal shopping services to their clients, including the big department stores, who offer individual sessions by appointment with a stylist. At Galeries Lafayette, for instance, a fashion advisor guides shoppers to the most fashionable brands after a private interview, showing the newest items and helps while their clients try on clothes. Printemps also offers the services of a private stylist by appointment, who will accompany shoppers throughout the store, guiding them in their choices. A personal room is made available to try on the clothes at leisure.
Independent personal shoppers, a concept that originated in the United States, are also on the rise in Paris. From makeovers to taking clients to the most exclusive (and sometimes hidden) fashion addresses, these style professionals lead clients through Paris to put together a made-to-measure look. Nadia Ronteix, for instance, specializes in not-to-be-missed luxury labels and the shops of Parisian fashion designers. She puts together personalized itineraries after a short interview with her client. A former editor for the Elle fashion magazine, Fleur Deslandes, shares her expertise and gives a new lease of life to tired wardrobes through shopping itineraries tailored to the needs and budget of clients.
There are agencies designed around the whole concept of personalized shopping. Mixing shopping and culture, stylists from Promenade des sens accompanies clients on a Parisian “art de vivre.” From iconic labels to the workshops of young designers, their itineraries are interspersed with interesting cultural anecdotes. The Ultimate Travel agency offers a personal shopping service dedicated to luxury labels and the hottest designers on the French fashion scene. Other agencies, such as Paris Upperside, show you the elegance and the glamour of Parisian fashion, from young designers to department stores and vintage shops. The makeover agency Allure offers to put together a personalized wardrobe adapted to clients’ professional and private life. And designer Irène Adamian puts her passion for Paris at your service. Her agency, French for a day/Shopping Plus, offers a total immersion into Parisian life for a discovery of all the wealth the capital has to offer: the workshops of young designers, unusual and prestigious shops, new concept stores and more.