Discover the Haberdasheries of Paris

When I began studying Haute Couture embroidery at École Lesage I had the joyful experience of visiting the traditional and celebrated haberdasheries of Paris. The shelves, drawers, jars and display cases were brimming with the highest quality ribbons, yarns, threads, beads, sequins, gems and buttons…. Since working as an Haute Couture embroiderer I’ve had the chance to discover even more! I am very excited to share these wonderful treasure troves with you on a guided tour through the bustling streets of Sentier, the celebrated Fashion District of Paris since the 19th century.

Our tour includes the most renowned haberdasheries as well as a boutique that is normally exclusively for industry professionals; Au Ver au Soie with the finest silken threads wrapped on gorgeous wooden bobbins in a range of 600 colours. We will begin 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 and a veritable cornucopia of sequins, beads and gems; 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.

On this tour you will have the unique opportunity to hear the fascinating history and heritage of the haberdasheries from the knowledgeable and friendly owners and staff! Many of the haberdasheries have been open for centuries and they have served discerning customers with a savour-faire that has been passed down through generations of the same family. Along the way, I will share the decadent history of luxury textiles, fashion, Haute Couture and craftsmanship in France.

Whether you are a textile enthusiast, artist, student or professional visiting Paris this tour will be an opportunity to discover these wonderful haberdasheries and replenish your stocks!

The places on each tour are limited so that we can chat and enjoy the fascinating presentations and warm welcomes in each haberdashery.

The tours take place on Friday mornings although if this does not suit your travel plans please follow the link below to contact me and I will happily arrange a day that suits you.

To book a tour please follow the link here