Paris or London Anyone?

by Jennifer Lauren on May 25, 2012 · 4 comments

in Vintage Sewing


I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting some lovely people through my blog and this year is hopefully  no exception!  I’m heading to Paris and London in just a few weeks time and was wondering if there was anyone out there that would like to meet up and talk sewing, vintage and fun things like that (and possibly take me to your amazing secret fabric/vintage/thrift shops – promise I won’t tell!)

I’ll have much more time in Paris to catch up with people, so if you are in Paris, near Paris or feel like jumping on the train to come and meet me in Paris, please let me know!
And if you have any recommendations of places to go or people to see, please also feel free to let me know, I’d really appreciate it :)
Look forward to meeting you,

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Jayne May 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

I was in London & Paris last year these are my fav finds

Beads, sequins & crystals: Fried Frere 13 rue de Cairo- not open weekends

Fabric district in the 18th  Marche St Pierre: take the Metro to Anvers then walk towards Sacre Coeur & you will find yourself in fabric paradise. Tissue Reine & Tissue Moline are amazing.
Ribbon: Mokuba,18 rue Montmartre,

Mercerie dept at Bon Marche on the 3rd floor

Toiles du Soleil at 101, rue du Bac

There are three main flea markets in Paris; Porte de Vanves, Porte de Montreuil and Le Puces in Saint Ouen. My favorite is Marche aux puces de Saint Ouen
Take the metro line 4- to Porte de Clingnoncourt, and walk 2 blocks north past very busy shops and small flea markets, until you reach the Marche Vernaison market.
You  need time to search out the stalls in the open market, but there are phenomenal Vintage stalls in the large halls.

Berwick Street has some brilliant little fabric stores.
 Bovorick, the Cloth shop, Silk Society, Textile King. 

I didn’t get there last year but 8 years ago I spent quite a bit in Gold hawk Road,  Shepherds Bush.
 A-Z fabrics, Toni Textiles, Fabric World, A1 Fabrics, UK Textiles, Classic Textiles

I’ve  heard that Brick Road & Ridley Road, East London is great for fabric stores.

And the legendary Liberty of London, goes without saying. Just worth looking at but the fabric was cheaper in Paris.!!!


Jennifer Lauren May 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi Jane,

Wow, thanks so much! We are actually staying around Montmartre so will be very close to fabric paradise! And I’ve got a day set aside for Le Puces St Ouen.

Thanks for the other tips, I’ll check them out :)



Heather Lou May 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

The Puce St. Ouen in Paris is a must. There were a few really incredible vintage shops – quite pricey but super inspiring. Lots of vintage shops in Le Marais as well. There isn’t much of a “thrifting” culture in Paris however. I found there were either cheaper resale shops with an overabundance of polyester or more curated places with lots of designer pices but not much in between. I didn’t go fabric shopping though as I wasn’t sewing at the time. I hear its fabulous.


Don Pezzano May 27, 2012 at 2:40 am

I will be in Paris on June 21st! Hoping to do a bit of flea-market hunting. If you are still there then give me a shout-
Hope you have a great time!


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