I love an English-style schoolgirl satchel and—strangely—no one does them better than this heritage French handbag company. Shapes and colors range widely at the flagship—from plaid and messenger to flannel and cross-body—but they’re all consistently affordable.
Cult rocker–turned-florist Dani recently opened this, her third flower shop, within the famed Hôtel Costes. She spends most of her time at this moodily lit location, creating brilliant rose-centric arrangements that transform any occasion into a special one. 239 rue St.-Honoré (1st arr.), 33-1-4244-5009
Inspired by Vivier's mantra—"all that is beautiful can go together"—I outfitted the store with Picasso paintings, blush pink walls and velvety flea market sofas. Customers who come for the pilgrim buckle flats and glossy leather handbags have asked if the decor hails from Vivier's own former living room—and to me, there is no higher compliment. 29 rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré (8th arr.), 33-1-5343-0085, rogervivier.com
On a narrow passageway in the Sixth sits this just-under-the-radar boutique owned and operated by two talented friends named Delphine. Their exclusive designs (one creates edgy jewelry, the other slouchy leather totes and boots) are the shop's main draw, and a well-tailored rack of simple Laurence Doligé and Hartford clothing rounds out the effortlessly cool mix. 5 rue de Condé (6th arr.), 33-1-4325-3795
Top designers routinely cruise this glamorous, three-story vintage spot—bursting with floral-print A-line dresses, crystal-encrusted brooches and patent pumps from the '30s through '70s—for runway inspiration. 73 rue de Rochechouart (9th arr.), 33-1-4282-0998
Ultra-luxe bohemian jewelry may sound like an oxymoron, but Madame de Taillac pulls it off with rock-candy-colored tourmaline rings and rubellite drop earrings designed in India and displayed in her shop’s mirrored cases amidst lipstick-red velvet couches and spherical chrome chandeliers.
As famous for its owner (the great Parisian vintage dealer Françoise Auguet) as it is for its stellar designer clothing from decades past, this packed shop features '30s silk chiffon gowns and Dior dresses that aren't cheap but come in near-pristine condition.
Founded in 1934, this antique jewelry dealer is one of the oldest vendors on the elegant rue Saint-Honoré and a favorite amongst the city's most elegant matriarchs, who come for 1830s heirlooms and impeccably restored pieces that glitter with newly added stones. 356 rue St.-Honoré (1st arr.), 33-1-4260-6708
What was once a textile factory is now a light-filled, 6,000-square-foot charitable shop filled with an eclectic mix of clothing, stationery, home goods, gardening tools and more, all of it gorgeously designed and contributed by its makers. Sales of everything from Marni and Stella McCartney tops to '30s-inspired light switches benefit a youth co-op in Madagascar. 111 Blvd. Beaumarchais (3rd. arr.), 33-1-4277-0033, merci-merci.com
Choose the leather and color and this old-school shoemaker will craft you any made-to-measure pair you like, from open-toe T-straps to gladiator sandals. Design wisely—and early: The shops waiting list spikes as soon as the temperature does (I've ordered pairs as early as December).