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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.

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.

Budget-friendly Fabric Shopping in Paris

In Paris, the cream rises to the top, and this holds true for fabric shopping. But there is still a market for the “milk”–the everyday shopping destinations that offer familiar fabrics at prices similar to those you’d find at the average American fabric store. The streets of the 18th arrondissement, particularly in the neighborhood of the Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre, are full of fabric stores, many of them well-known, popular destinations offering goods at reasonable prices. It’s a lively and colorful area, and there are bargains to be had.

Paris Tissus
15 rue de Steinkerque (18th arrondissement)
Paris Tissus is one of my favorites, because it carries a small but very nice range of suiting fabrics.

Tissus Reine
5 Place Saint-Pierre (18th arrondissement)
Tissus Reine is one of the largest fabric stores in Paris and stocks a wide range of goods, all reasonably priced: bridal fabrics and lace, Liberty cotton, dupioni, and home decor fabrics, as well as patterns and notions.

Marché St. Pierre
2 rue Charles Nodier (18th arrondissement)
Also a large store, Marché St. Pierre has multiple floors and a similarly broad offering.

Have you ever shopped for fabric in Paris? Are there any shops you would add to this list of budget-friendly fabric stores?


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  1. brbrcat | | #1

    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

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    SLMiller | | #2

    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.

  3. Cinsred5 | | #3

    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.

  4. Jonmari | | #4

    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!

  5. Palema28 | | #5

    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 : bennytex.fr

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    dlvuyovich | | #6

    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!)

  7. lrkimo | | #7

    In December 2019 I bought three beautiful fabrics at Malhia Kent underneath the Viaduc.
    Viaduc des Arts, 19 Avenue, Daumesnil 75012 Paris
    They don't take credit cards so bring cash!

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