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Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.
Find the nearest Paris metro station with this map. Click to enlarge.
Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.

Paris is divied into 20 sections called "arrondissements".Click to enlarge.

Some of the shops mentioned in Susan Khalje's "Sewing Destination: Paris, France" article in Threads #167 (June/July 2013) may be difficult to find because they are located in out-of-the-way corners of Paris's labyrinthine streets. Here are site markers and directions to help you locate the more difficult-to-find shops–plus some budget-friendly fabric shops to visit.

Remember that Paris is divided into 20 sections called "arrondissements", which spiral out from the city's center, and that addresses include the arrondissement number.

Sophie Hallette
3, rue Saint-Fiacre, second floor (2nd arrondissement)
Métro: Sentier
Telephone: 01 42 36 98 11.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays)
Push open the big wooden door, and once you're inside the courtyard, you'll see another door to your right. Use the buttons on the left of the keypad to find Sophie Hallette, then push "appel" (call). Go to the second floor, and they'll let you in.

Janssens & Janssens
3-5, rue d'Anjou (8th arrondissement)
Métro: Madeleine or Concorde
Telephone: 01 42 65 04 00
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Janssens & Janssens is just off rue Faubourg St. Honoré.

Tissus Edré
16, rue de Jean Bologne (16th arrondissement)
Métro: Passy
Telephone: 01 46 47 60 18
Hours: Monday, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 10: a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
As you exit the metro station, head up the hill and make a left on rue Passy. Walk until you see rue de Jean Bologne; make a left, then turn immediately into the small courtyard. 

20, rue des Petits-Champs (2nd arrondissement)
Metro: Pyramides
Telephone: 01 42 96 94 89
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12: p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
While the number 20 is clearly marked on the building, you'll have to go to the back of the courtyard to find Legeron's workroom. There's a wooden stairway on your left: walk up to the second floor (actually the third level above ground) and you'll see the workroom's door on your left. 

Les Perlés d'Antan
142, rue des Rosiers (in the Clignancourt Flea Market, Saint-Ouen, just beyond the city's boundary)
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt
Telephone: 01 40 10 95 49
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Monday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
As you exit the metro, keep going straight. Pass the vendors in the flea market who are selling new items, and turn left onto rue des Rosiers. On the left, you'll see the Marché Malassis building. Flora is on the left, towards the back of the flea market. 

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Comments (6)

dlvuyovich dlvuyovich writes: to brbrcat: I am going to visit Paris in October 12-15, and am planning on a day of fabric shopping. Do you still do tours? If so, how do I contact you?

Kia Ora,
(I'm a rugby girl, been to NZ and love my Kiwis!)
Posted: 12:45 pm on September 18th

Palema28 Palema28 writes: Hey everyone ,

After long hours on the forums french fabrics, I found the new trend in paris for fabrics shop: It is to go to the suppliers of fabrics directly :)
I've been at Bennytex palce it is nearly close to paris.
Friends of mine are also go there from London : It is great , you can fine plenty of choice and even lower prices than in stores.
Vendors and customers and superb relationships.
There is to an article on them in the newspaper

More info :

Posted: 3:21 am on April 28th

Jonmari Jonmari writes: When this issue arrived, I was getting ready to go to France for three weeks.! As I was traveling with three men, there was not much time to shop. I ripped the pages from the magazine an tucked it in my bag. We were only in Paris for four days and on the third, I ditched the guys, hailed a taxi, and went to Janssen & Janssen. Thank you, Threads and Susan! I am the owner of a glorious meter and a half of exquisite fabric for a Chanel jacket! I also found why there are no remnants. When there was extra at the end of the bolt, it was included in my piece for no extra charge!
Posted: 2:06 pm on July 2nd

Cinsred5 Cinsred5 writes: A friend bought fabric in Paris last September in shops we found listed online. She was able to find several pieces of fabric to purchase. The stores she went to did not sell by the yard, but by the piece. We are delighted with our purchases.
Posted: 9:43 am on May 22nd

SLMiller SLMiller writes: There are indeed many many many more fabric shops in Paris! However, Susan Khalje's article in Threads no. 167 focused on her favorite shops, where she finds the richest selection of high-end fabrics.
Posted: 3:09 pm on May 2nd

brbrcat brbrcat writes: There are many more shops in Paris .
What about Sevilla 38 rue de L'annonciation Paris 16
De Gilles 156 rue de la roquette Paris 11
Dam Boutons 46 rue d'Orsel huge range of buttons

And many more .....

Not to be missed in the Flea Market:
Chez Sarah in Le Passage for haberdashery and stunning vintage gowns
La trouvaille nearby for trims and leather

Also why not have coffee in a sewing cafe ?
Brin de Coussette 2 rue Richard Lenoir Paris 11
Petits points Parisiens 24 rue Veron Paris 18
Posted: 1:46 am on May 1st

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