Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip
In an astonishing array of leathers (anaconda, toad, camel) and colors, made to order at the Atelier du Bracelet Parisien. 28 Place du Marché Saint Honoré; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 86 13 70. www.abp-paris.com.
From the city that invented fashion. Paris-only designers include Jérôme L'Huillier for women's wear. 138/139 Galerie de Valois, tel. 33 (0) 1 49 26 07 07, www.jeromelhuillier.com; and Eglé Bespoke for hand-tailored men's shirts. 26 Rue du Mont Thabor; tel. 33 (0) 1 44 15 98 31. www.eglebespoke.com.
Mellerio dits Meller Watches
Founded in 1613, one of the oldest family companies in France once supplied gems to Marie-Antoinette. Personalized designs, exquisite watches. 9 Rue de la Paix; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 61 57 53. www.mellerio.fr.
Pierre Hermé Chocolates
Paris's Picasso of confectionary, creating new taste combinations and themes each month. Shops at 72 Rue Bonaparte, tel. 33 (0) 1 43 54 47 77; and 185 Rue de Vaugirard, tel. 3 (0) 1 47 83 89 96. www.pierreherme.com.
Rémy Garnier Bronze Fittings
Locks, door handles, window fittings, and more for the home in more than a thousand historical styles by skilled Parisian craftsmen; supplied the chateau in Versailles during restoration; founded in 1831. 30 bis Boulevard de la Bastille; tel. 33 (0) 1 43 43 84 85. www.garnier-remy.com.
Serge Lutens Perfumes
From the world capital of perfume, master perfumer Serge Lutens creates two magnificent, sensuous scents each year, sold exclusively at Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido, 142 Galerie de Valois; tel. 33 (0) 1 49 27 09 09. www.salons-shiseido.com.
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