Merci: new quirky concept store opens in Paris

If you’ve been to Colette, you’ll love Merci, a new design concept store which opened this week in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Marais. Started by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of Bonpoint (probably the most chic line of children’s clothes in the world), Merci carries a quirky mix of high fashion (YSL, Stella […]

Strellson: stylish menswear for a modern, urban lifestyle

You can see from the title of this post that I can’t write advertising copy to save my life. After brooding for over ten minutes on how exactly to describe Strellson’s clothes, I gave up. Let me just start by saying that Strellson is my favorite men’s clothing brand. Every time one of my male […]

Shopping delights of San Francisco Japantown

I can spend hours wandering around San Francisco’s Japantown, marveling at the curiosities in its boutiques. My first stop is always the Kinokuniya Bookstore in the Japan Center. Kinokuniya boasts the largest selection of Japanese books and magazines in the city. I am fascinated by Japanese women’s fashion magazines, which are so different from ours. […]

Elementos Argentinos: handwoven rugs and blankets from northern Argentina

If you are looking for beautiful, unique rugs and blankets, check out Elementos Argentinos, a boutique in the Palermo Viejo neighborhood of Buenos Aires founded by Fernando Bach and Pablo Mendivil. Each rug or blanket is handmade by weavers and craftsmen from the northern provinces of Argentina where people keep alive the old tradition of […]

Shopping guide: favorite boutiques in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s casual style resembles that of San Francisco. No elegant jackets with fur collars here. No Louboutin high heels. The Amsterdam look is pure raw urban street style which is the specialty of Dutch fashion company, G-Star Raw. The best clothes shopping for men in Amsterdam can be found at Diesel, G-Star Raw, and the […]

Shopplr’s favorite boutiques in San Francisco

San Francisco isn’t a fashion capital in the way that Paris and New York are (or even LA). SF style is laid-back, which means most people don’t care what they look like when they leave their houses. As a result, most serious fashion designers leave town and head for New York or Paris. But there […]

Cottage Garden Therapies: affordable luxurious bath and body products

The hardest things to give up during these difficult times are your favorite luxury bath and body products. If you used to think nothing about dropping $65 on Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish, which is a favorite among many women. But what if I told you that you could buy a sugar body polish that […]

Shopplr’s favorite boutiques in Paris

It’s impossible to come up with a Paris shopping guide that fits on one page but I’ll try. Here’s a small selection of boutiques I always visit when I am in Paris. For women’s clothing, I like the modern, chic French style exemplified by agnes b. Budget versions of this look can be found at […]