Ines de la Fressange—runway model, muse to Karl Lagerfeld, brand ambassador for Roger Vivier, French fashion icon and newly minted author—reveals her favorite places to shop in the City of Light.
Spun from khadi (a cotton-like Indian textile), Danish designer Bess Nielsen's blankety scarves and featherweight tunics are carried by such forward-thinking retailers as Barneys. But only here is the collection available in its exquisite entirety. 37 rue Debelleyme (3rd arr.), 33-1-4274-7132, khadiandco.com
There's no sign outside this new boutique (I was led here by a savvy journalist friend), but inside, a kaleidoscopic collection of crazily affordable Shetland sweaters (30 euros for a navy or blush pink pullover) guarantees this young label—a Benetton-backed venture—won't stay a Left Bank secret for long. 78 rue de Grenelle (7th arr.)
Known in the industry as "the nose," scent genius Malle oversees four lab-like Paris perfumeries offering his sleekly bottled fragrances, home scents and innovative olfactory gadgets. At the crimson-shelved Mont Thabor locale, I recently picked up the Fleurs Mécanique perfume diffuser—a beautifully crafted machine that makes my house smell wonderful. 21 rue du Mont Thabor (1st arr.), 33-1-4222-1689
The combat-boot-wearing, punk-tutu-rocking rebellious little sister to ever-popular (and more traditional) kids' chain Zef comes complete with rad fuchsia neon signage and little girl fare that's at once very Material Girl–era Madonna and age-appropriately playful. 14 rue du Pré aux Clercs (7th arr.), 33-1-4548-2454, zef.eu
The place for retro lighting from the '30s to the '80s, with prices starting at 150 euros. Recently spotted: a '60s chrome-and-bubble fixture that transported me straight back to childhood.
This accessories hot spot's gilded display cases are laden with of-the-moment, everyday jewelry I want to wear right now, like bejeweled woven friendship bracelets, bow-shaped stud earrings and stackable gold and colored-stone rings. I always leave with a sparkly little something. 104 rue Vieille du Temple (3rd arr.), hod-boutique.com, 33-9-5315-8334
Upon arriving at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (a must-hit, 17-acre, Saturday-to-Monday antiques and flea market), I zip straight to my friend Sarah Rozenbaum’s whimsical little stall of vintage treasures. Her collection ('30s feathered stoles, patterned A-line dresses from the '50s) never ever disappoints. 27 rue Lécuyer (18th arr.), Saint-Ouen, 33-6-0801-8089, chezsarah.fr