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French-bred in New York

New York Francophiles needn’t travel far to indulge in their favorite Parisian exports.

A delightfully overwhelming amount of French brands have opened up shop in the last year, with many more on the way.  Much to the chagrin of your wallet and waistline, we’ve compiled a handy cheat sheet for your purchasing pleasure. – Christina Mannatt

Maison Laduree
864 Madison Avenue  /  Upper East Side
Known for its exquisite selection of macarons, the prestigious patisserie opened its first U.S. boutique in New York’s Upper East Side.

Pull-In
259 Bowery  /  Lower East Side  /  1 212 777 3703
This Bowery boutique is the newfound home of this playful French brand. Originally for surfers and skateboarders alike, this spot is for all in favor of pulling up, over, around and through for a bright, unique collection of lingerie, swim suits, underwear and socks.

Pierre Hardy
30 Jane Street  /  West Village  /  1 646 449 0070
This old garage was redesigned by David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor and, like the shoes, marries Mr. Hardy’s appreciation of architecture with a modern take on femininity. Fine accessories and small leather goods in addition to his men’s and women’s footwear collections.

A.P.C. Specials
92 Perry Street  /  West Village  /  1 646 371 9292
Designed by architect Laurent Deroo, A.P.C. Specials is the West Village outpost from the French brand. The minimalist flagship store carries products from A.P.C.’S special projects and other limited edition goods like Quilts by Jessica Ogden & Jean Touitou and Fine Fabric Care by A.P.C. + Aesop.

agnès B.
50 Howard Street  / SoHo / 1 212 431 1335
From a designer who believes that there should be no boundaries in art, the agnès B. Galerie Boutique is a tranquil lifestyle space that showcases up-and-coming artists.

Chanel
139 Spring Street  /  SoHo  /  1 212 334 0055
Redesigned by architect Peter Marino, this Chanel boutique draws inspiration from SoHo itself with open airy space and commissioned art by Peter Belyi, Alan Rath and Robert Greene. Visitors are greeted with a 10-foot high acrylic Chanel No. 5 bottle, past which they can peruse the label’s coveted accessories and the luxe and oftentimes edgy ready-to-wear collections.

Isabel Marant
469 Broome Street  / SoHo   / 1 212 219 2284
French architect Nicolas Andre furnished Isabel Marant’s 2,240 square foot flagship store in SoHo. Using layered Asian and African influences to embellish the bohemian-style cuts, Marant’s staples include rough-edged dresses made of a fine-wale corduroy, t-shirts of soft linen and plenty of it-status accessories.

Zadig & Voltaire
153 Mercer Street  /  SoHo  /  1 212 965 8700
831 Washington Street  /  Meatpacking District  /  1 212 989-7300
409 Bleecker Street  /  West Village  /  1 212 414 8470
Zadig & Voltaire is the ultimate in French wardrobe staples for both guys and gals, known for their super soft cashmeres, cotton tops, accessories and other separates.

Comptoir des Cotonniers
155 Spring Street  /  SoHo  /  1 212 274 0830
184 Columbus Avenue  /  Upper West Side  /  1 212 874 0983
345 Bleecker Street  /  West Village
The Parisian classic for understated yet chic basics has come stateside. Perfect for well-tailored separates in a simplified set of hues and prints.

Opening Fall 2011

Surface to Air
27 Mercer Street  /  SoHo

Maje
417 Bleecker Street  /  West Village
145 Spring Street  /  SoHo

Sandro
415 Bleecker Street  /  West Village

 

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