Discover the Haberdasheries of Paris
When I arrived in Paris to study Haute Couture embroidery at École Lesage I had the joyful experience of visiting the traditional and celebrated haberdasheries. Since I’ve been working as an embroiderer I’ve had the chance to discover even more that are reserved for industry professionals. Many of the haberdasheries have been open for centuries, serving discerning customers with a savoir-faire that has been passed down through generations of the same family. The shelves, drawers, jars and display cases are brimming with the highest quality ribbons, yarns, threads, beads, sequins, gems and buttons.
In the bustling streets of Sentier, the celebrated Fashion District of Paris since the 19th century, we will discover these haberdasheries together as we are welcomed into each boutique by the knowledgeable staff who will present their fascinating history and heritage. Beginning at Ultramod, the oldest haberdashery in Paris with vintage ribbons and fabrics alongside an endless choice of embroidery thread and continuing to La Drogurie with skeins of luxurious silk, cotton and wool yarns; Mokuba with exquisite ribbons in intricate lace, broderie anglaise, organza and brocade and Maison Sajou with traditional notions that seem like heirlooms, scissors, needles, pins, wooden bobbins and thread boxes. Included in the tour will be two boutiques that are normally exclusively for industry professionals; Au Ver au Soie with the finest silken threads and Les Frères Fried, a veritable treasure trove of sequins, beads and gems. There will be time for you to shop in each boutique and I will be happy to translate for you if needs be when you are purchasing your items.
Whether you are a textile enthusiast, artist, student or professional visiting Paris this tour will be an opportunity to discover these wonderful haberdasheries and perhaps replenish your stocks! For the moment the tours are offered through Airbnb Experience and the link is provided here. If you are visiting Paris with a group I would be delighted to accommodate you with a private tour and for this, or any other queries please contact me directly here.