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26 of the Best French Shops In NYC, In Honor of Bastille Day

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We've been taking note of the rapid growth of French brands popping up on our streets for a while now, and in honor of Bastille Day on Sunday, we've rounded up 24 French shopping destinations right here on our own little island. The list includes established flagships (Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior) and recent newcomers (Equipment, Iro, and the Maje-Sandro family), spanning various neighborhoods and price points.

Though many of these brands have more than one store in Manhattan, we decided to target the newest or coolest locations. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section and we may add 'em in.—Laura Gurfein


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This sister brand to Sandro opened this location at the end of April, in addition to its downtown locations on Spring, Prince, and Bleecker streets. The endlessly cool Alexa Chung is currently the face of their ad campaigns.

Zadig & Voltaire

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This is the fourth and most recent store for Zadig & Voltaire, which previously only had downtown locations. They're also opening another store on Broome Street later this year, so stay tuned for that.

Diptyque

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Diptyque is the closest you'll get to fitting Paris in a bottle. The store that offers perfumes, colognes, and candles even has a collection named after their first location, 34 Boulevard St. Germain. [Photo]

Christian Louboutin

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Of course, the iconic red sole would originate in the iconic City of Lights. The famous designer of the celeb-favored heels also has a men's-only store in the Meatpacking District—because "les hommes" appreciate good shoes too. [Photo]

Céline

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Though the label is currently at the helm of Brit Phoebe Philo, Céline hasn't lost any of its French flair. This multi-level flagship location just opened last year.
Brand founder Jeanne Lanvin started with a modest boutique des chapeaus (that's hats for you non-French speakers) in Paris way back in 1889. Fast forward to today, and you've got NY Giants football star Victor Cruz in a turquoise Lanvin tux at the Met Ball. [Photo]

Roger Vivier

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Roger Vivier is a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it—he's the inventor of the sexy, often painful stiletto heel. At least the boutique on Madison Avenue has comfy seats for trying them on. [Photo: Driely S]

Longchamp

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We know that every girl has the same Longchamp tote, but you can't deny their functionality—plus, they look cute in every color. Check out the rainbow-hued wall of totes in the flagship location. [Photo]

Hermès

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The unmistakable icon of a horse-drawn carriage against an orange background just screams French luxury. For the gentlemen, there's the men's store across the street.

Louis Vuitton

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You can always count on Louis Vuitton for elaborate window displays, and sometimes works of art that cover the building. Case in point: the brand's collaboration with polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama. [Photo]

Christian Dior

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This Dior flagship underwent a major renovation back in 2010, and covered its facade with a giant purse to hide the construction mess. If that's not the epitome of French luxury, we don't know what is. [Photo]

Maison Kitsuné

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This boutique inside the NoMad hotel, which offers an excellent selection of music from the Kitsuné record label in addition to classic pieces for both men and women, recently feted its one-year anniversary. Its not-so-French neighbor? Opening Ceremony. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Pierre Hardy

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The Jane Street shop was the designer's first standalone store in the USA. Open since 2010, we'd say its dramatic stilettos, wedges, and sandals are the height of Parisian chic—literally. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Balenciaga

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While we eagerly await the two new stores on Mercer Street (men's and women's stores across from each other are slated for a November opening), we'll have to make do with this location. Though it was originally set up as a seasonal store last year, it's still going strong. [Photo]

Equipment

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Though the brand was originally founded in 1976, Equipment experienced a revival in 2010 under the leadership of Serge Azria (of Joie and Current/Elliot) and opened this location last year. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
Chloés's new Greene Street boutique opened in February, and if you can believe it, we think it's even more luxurious than the Madison Avenue outpost. The cream walls and gilded shelving are modeled after the Paris shop—trés jolie, non?
Nothing says laid-back French cool quite like A.P.C., who's signature denim and collaborations with designers like Vanessa Seward are staples in hip closets here and abroad. [Photo]

Comptoir Des Cotonniers

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The Soho spot was Comptoir Des Cotonniers' first in the country and it's still a Spring Street staple. Fun fact: Their name translates to "counters of the cotton plants."
This location, the fourth for the brand in the city, opened earlier this year down the street from sister line Maje. Painted-brick walls and blond wood flooring bring Soho loft style to the contemporary Parisian brand.
The pearls, the tweed, the suits—Chanel might just be the most iconic French brand there is. This Soho store, with its industrial-like columns, marries classic Parisian chic with New York downtown cool. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

Saint Laurent

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It may have taken forever, but the Saint Laurent store on Greene Street (designed by Hedi Slimane himself) finally opened last month, joining the East 57th Street flagship. The sleek shop displays bags and shoes along the walls like the works of art they are.

Jerome Dreyfuss

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This bag designer (and husband of Isabel Marant) kicked off the French invasion in Soho when this store opened in 2010. Aside from finding great leather carryalls and cross-body bags here, you can also count on finding great displays.

Isabel Marant

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The woman basically responsible for the wedged sneaker phenomenon opened her first US store in Soho just a couple months after husband Jerome Dreyfuss opened his own shop next door. (We'd bet that makes for really cute after-work dates in the neighborhood.) Note that the store was designed by the same architect who created Marant's Paris shops. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
This is the first US store for the label, which has been experiencing rapid growth in Europe over the past few years. Their pre-fall collection is filled with cozy sweaters, sleek leather jackets, and skinny jeans—perfect for a stroll down the Champs Elysees or 5th Avenue. [Photo]

Surface To Air

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Surface to Air's American flagship was going for dramatic French flair when it opened in the fall of 2011. The space is cloaked in soft lighting that's meant to complement the collections on the floor. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

agnès b.

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The original Soho outpost of agnès b. on Greene Street was open for over two decades on before taking a brief hiatus in 2009. Now, it's back on Howard Street, much to the delight of Francophile everywhere. [Photo]

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Maje

This sister brand to Sandro opened this location at the end of April, in addition to its downtown locations on Spring, Prince, and Bleecker streets. The endlessly cool Alexa Chung is currently the face of their ad campaigns.

Zadig & Voltaire

This is the fourth and most recent store for Zadig & Voltaire, which previously only had downtown locations. They're also opening another store on Broome Street later this year, so stay tuned for that.

Diptyque

Diptyque is the closest you'll get to fitting Paris in a bottle. The store that offers perfumes, colognes, and candles even has a collection named after their first location, 34 Boulevard St. Germain. [Photo]

Christian Louboutin

Of course, the iconic red sole would originate in the iconic City of Lights. The famous designer of the celeb-favored heels also has a men's-only store in the Meatpacking District—because "les hommes" appreciate good shoes too. [Photo]

Céline

Though the label is currently at the helm of Brit Phoebe Philo, Céline hasn't lost any of its French flair. This multi-level flagship location just opened last year.

LANVIN

Brand founder Jeanne Lanvin started with a modest boutique des chapeaus (that's hats for you non-French speakers) in Paris way back in 1889. Fast forward to today, and you've got NY Giants football star Victor Cruz in a turquoise Lanvin tux at the Met Ball. [Photo]

Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier is a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it—he's the inventor of the sexy, often painful stiletto heel. At least the boutique on Madison Avenue has comfy seats for trying them on. [Photo: Driely S]

Longchamp

We know that every girl has the same Longchamp tote, but you can't deny their functionality—plus, they look cute in every color. Check out the rainbow-hued wall of totes in the flagship location. [Photo]

Hermès

The unmistakable icon of a horse-drawn carriage against an orange background just screams French luxury. For the gentlemen, there's the men's store across the street.

Louis Vuitton

You can always count on Louis Vuitton for elaborate window displays, and sometimes works of art that cover the building. Case in point: the brand's collaboration with polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama. [Photo]