Finding Fabric Shops in Paris
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.
3, rue Saint-Fiacre, second floor (2nd arrondissement)
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.
16, rue de Jean Bologne (16th arrondissement)
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)
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.