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fabric shopping in Paris

bchistorian | Posted in General Discussion on

I’ll be travelling to Paris in March and would love to find fabric shops similar to the ones in the garment district of New York City that sell designer fabric ends. Does anyone know if there is an equivalent garment district in Paris or the names and addresses of fashion fabric shops there?


  1. ElonaM | | #1

    In the Marche St. Pierre, below the big white Sacre Coeur church, there are about a bazillion fabric stores, most of them selling home dec fabrics. For garment fabrics, there are a couple of big stores, Tissus Reine, and Dreyfus, this last one having more bolt ends and such than Reine. You will find some good prices, but the wide variety of garment-type stores isn't available there. Here's a nice discussion of the subject.


    1. Bernie1 | | #2

      Also, Tissus Dam at 46, rue d"Orsel which is a little side street in the Montmarte section at the foot of Sacre Coeur (pardon my spelling).  Wonderful, delicious designer stuff and they treat you so well - the proprietor gave me a lesson on sewing a welt pocket. Fortunately, I speak French (better than I write it). It's a small store and such a jewel. They are polite and always have a beautiful selection. Many of the stores around carry upholstery fabrics or the cheaper dressmaking fabrics. If anyone knows shops similar to Tissus Dam I would appreciate hearing about them as so far it's the best store I've found with the best quality (though it's pricey). And if anyone runs into Shermane Fouche, tell her to come back and start designing patterns again.  I do miss her.

      1. GhillieC | | #3

        Also a shop in the same area (I can't remember the name of the side street) selling African fabrics.

        I got by in this area by speaking bad French.  The staff tended to reply in bad English. 


    2. bchistorian | | #4

      thanks for the help on Paris fabrics. I've been to this neighborhood but never found the better quality places-- only the home dec stores.

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