6 Best Young Designers of Le Marais
This article was updated in May 2019 for accuracy.
The best young designers of Le Marais may not be so hard to find after all!
The neighborhood Le Marais in Paris is a hotspot for many reasons. It is the Jewish quarter, the gay quarter, and also a fashion quarter in it’s own right! My favorite part of the area? The fact that young and trendy designers are setting up shop left and right.
Le Marais is a small area in the 3rd arrondissement, and the neighborhood itself is separated into sections. The best place to find the coolest boutiques is definitely in what is called the Haut-Marais, or the northern section of the quarter. Rue Charlot in particular is crawling with stores that carry the latest and greatest in fashion.
Even though I’m currently working on pursuing my Masters degree in literature, I actually have my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising. While writing and reading are my passions now (especially writing for the Discover Walks blog!), fashion will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m always interested in finding the best in la mode here in Paris, and I have a weakness for young designers!
If you’re looking to find unique styles designed by the best young designers in French and International fashion, Le Marais is where you should start. Keep reading for my selection!
1. Samy Chalon
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Let’s begin on rue Charlot with a little store called Samy Chalon. This store will bring you into the 21st century with it’s inspired colors and very various shapes.
Samy Chalon is all about updating the classics, earning a spot amongst the best young designers of Le Marais by doing so. Looking for form-fitting cashmere, a summer dress only made from vintage silk or even a wrap coat? This store is made for you!
Address: Samy Chalon 24 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-7:30pm
2. Zoe Lee
Image courtesy of Zoe Lee’s Instagram
Zoe Lee’s shop is nestled amongst art galleries and antique stores, just around the corner from the Picasso Museum. This UK designer has been knocking it out of the park with her meticulously designed shoes in Le Marias since 2013.
While attending the prestigious Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London, Lee also worked for legendary Alexander McQueen, before going on to finish her degree and work for Vivienne Westwood. Hints of each of these designers can be found in Lee’s styles, but her shoes definitely exhibit their own unique design!
Lee’s shoes are custom made in a small shop in Italy, and the attention to detail really shows. If you’re looking to pick up something a little edgy, a little fancy, and a lot beautiful, Zoe Lee should be on your list of places to go!
Address: Zoe Lee 19 Rue du Parc Royal, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-7pm
3. Nadia Zaoug
Image courtesy of Monsieur’s Instagram
We’re heading back to rue Charlot to take a peek inside Monsieur. If you are looking for handcrafted jewellery, you’ve come to the right place! Designer and owner Nadia Zaoug is the talent behind this boutique, where her classic and original designs are really something to look at (and buy, if you’re lucky!).
Featuring precious and semi-precious stones, with 100% of the collection handmade in Paris, I was blown away by the beauty and simplicity of her designs the second I walked into the shop.
If you aren’t able to make it to the shop, Monsieur recently launched their website, where you can shop their latest styles. If you aren’t ready to do any shopping, head to their Instagram to drool over their amazing products!
Address: Monsieur 53 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
4. Mari Samvelyan
Image courtesy of Koshka Mashka’s Instagram
Designer Mari Samvelyan is the designer behind the Marais boutique Koshka Mashka. All of her products are designed and made in Paris, where she opened up shop in 2011. The Armenian designer is inspired by Italian couture houses, probably after working for fashion heavyweights such as Valentino and Gattinoni.
Many of Mari’s best pieces are made-to-order, so if you’re looking for something really special I suggest you head to her shop and let her know exactly what you’d like! If you’ve got your eye on some ready-to-wear pieces, her styles are feminine, classic, and beautifully made.
Visit her website, as she (thankfully!) ships worldwide. Bonus for all of you concerned about the environment and workers rights? According to the Koshka Mashka Instagram page, all of their pieces are ethically produced!
Address: Koshka Mashka 36 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 11am-7pm
5. Flore Mouren
Image courtesy of Epel & Melk’s Instagram
We’re heading back to rue Charlot one more time to round out my list! This time, we’re headed to the shop Eple & Melk, headed by designer Flore Mouren. The name of Mouren’s brand may be Norwegian (translating to Apple & Milk), but the designer hails from Marseilles, and all of her products are made here in France.
She is obviously influenced by the simple and streamlined Nordic style, and I absolutely love all of her designs. I am such a big believer in less in more, and it seems that Mouren is too!
Visit her website, and get ready for florals, lace, and simplicity at its best. And, of course, if you find yourself in Paris, head to the Marais to shop her designs in person!
Address: Eple & Melk 45 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-7:30pm
6. Alexandre Mattiussi
Image courtesy of AMI’s Instagram
This one goes out to all of my male fashionistas – you didn’t think I would forget about you, did you?! Designer Alexandre Mattiussi is showcasing his latest designs in his shop AMI, with his brand by the same name.
Mattiussi founded his brand in 2011, and it has taken off since, earning the designer many prestigious awards. His designs are also sold in over 300 shops internationally!
His designs are exquisitely made, featuring high quality fabrics. You can find something for every occasion here, as AMI features both casual and more dressy styles. It makes me wish that Mattiussi designed women’s clothing too! If you aren’t in Paris, head to his website where you can shop, and also see where around the world you can find his clothing.
Address: AMI 109 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm
Have you discovered some young designers that you’ve never heard of before? I hope you’ve answered yes! Save this post for the next time you’re in Paris, and you’ll have an afternoon of shopping you won’t forget.
You can of course, feel free to do all of the shops on the rue Charlot at once, to save yourself from walking around in circles! My advice is to head there first, and then make your way to the rue de Poitou, continue on to the rue du Parc Royal, and finish off on the Boulevard Beaumarchais.
Check out the websites and Instagram profiles of the designers I’ve mentioned above before you make your trip, and then…happy shopping!
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