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Bird's Jen Mankins Takes Us Shopping...in Paris!

As the owner of Brooklyn's Bird fashion boutiques, you'd think Jen Mankins would refrain from shopping on her days off. But alas, this is most definitely not the case. "I never stop! I love it!" says the former Steven Alan buyer. With three brick-and-mortar locations as well as a busy online store—stocking every piece from Rachel Comey, APC, Isabel Marant and Tsumori Chisato a girl could want—you'd imagine most of Mankins' personal purchases would be done within the confines of Bird. Not so—at least when she's in Paris for Fashion Week. "Some stores are just better here."

We followed Jen as she worked her way through her favorite shops in the Marais, Paris' buzziest neighborhood.

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First stop? Tabio, a Japanese sock store with several Paris outposts.

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"They make such good gifts!" says Mankins of the store's sock selection, of which she buys about 10 pairs.

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These were some of her favorites.

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A wall of peds.

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Too many to choose from!

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Next, we headed to Selima Optique, home of Mankins' pink glasses.

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Trying on some wild and crazy sunglasses.

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Our final stop was Tsumori Chisato, a brand that Mankins stocks at Bird. (She attended the designer's Spring 2013 runway show that very morning.) "I love coming here because you can find lots of one-of-a-kind pieces," she says.

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"I want this in the dress version!" says Mankins of Chisato's Yeti sweatshirt.

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So sparkly and cool.

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In the end, Mankins settled on a romper for a friend's baby. Although we have a feeling she might've gone back for that Yeti sweatshirt.

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