Scarves are the quintessential Parisian accessories for both men and women (worn in all types of weather) and, of course, the perfect souvenir. Inexpensive, polyester scarves can be found at nearly every tourist shop, but if you want a beautiful, quality scarf to remind you of your trip to Paris--- you know, something with a certain je ne sais quoi that will last a lifetime--- then head to one of these tried and true scarf shopping haunts.
Galeries Lafayette is an upscale department store located in Paris’s 9th arrondissement (40, Boulevard Haussmann). You’ll be able to find lots of fashionable products here, including a fabulous selection of wool and silk scarves from top international designers. If you’re feeling peckish during your scarf hunt, head to the amazing gourmet grocery store for some free samples of tantalizing fare.
For a more intimate scarf shopping experience, head to Crimson, a gorgeous shop that specializes in cashmere. Located in the prestigious Triangle d’or neighborhood (the shop is at 8, Rue Marbeuf ), Crimson is a the very definition of a high-end sweater and accessories shop. Choose between a variety of lightweight and cold-weather scarves made from luxurious materials.
The legendary fashion house Hermès has three boutique locations in Paris: Faubourg Saint-Honoré (24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré), George V (42, avenue George V, near the Eiffel Tower), and Sèvres (17, rue de Sèvres). Known for their classic silk scarves, Hermès synonymous with luxury and timeless style. Not only will you enjoy your Hermès scarf for the rest of your life, your children and grandchildren will, too.
Wolff et Descourtis
Located in the Galerie Vivienne (a unique retail space near the Palais Royal), Wolff et Descourtis, a family-owned business, specializes in fine scarves (and shawls) from around the world. The array of breathtaking designs and luscious fabrics will make it difficult to choose just one. While you’re in the area, take a stroll past some of the other clothing and accessories shops in the Galerie Vivienne. You never know what you might find.
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