Suite 114 is a relative newcomer to the Parisian concept boutique scene. Located on the traditionally chic Rue du Bac in a leafy, elegant stretch of the 7th arrondissement, this coveted left-bank boutique is degrees less pretentious than trendy rival Colette over on the right bank's chic Rue St Honore-- but it offers the same attention to promising new designers and fresh ideas in fashion. In fact, it's rapidly becoming a go-to spot for the fashion conscious on the left bank, and positions itself as a viable-- and edgier-- alternative to the grand old Parisian department stores opened in the height of the "Belle Epoque".
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Price tags at Suite 114 are admittedly too steep for most of us, but going here for a little inspiration can still be worth the trek to a quiet corner of west Paris, just around the corner from the legendary Bon Marché department store. Unlike its hipster concept store counterparts on the right bank, Suite 114 maintains an image of subdued, old-fashioned glamour, in the tradition of the very chic, classically oriented rive gauche. An excursion here is sure to give you plenty of wardrobe ideas, even if you end up favoring less expensive versions of some of the items (hint: global chains like H&M and Zara often offer knockoffs of trendy designer items.)
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Location and Contact Information:
Address: 114 Rue du Bac, 7th arrondissement
Metro: Rue du Bac, Sevres-Babylone
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 84 07 56
Open: Monday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.
Closed on Sundays.
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Private Showings at "114": Your Personal Selection
The store is available for private showings: inquire at the official website. The website functions as a blog that curates and highlights some of the new lines and designers currently featuring at the shop.
It can be a great way to get a sense of the trends, brands, themes and styles that might await you on your visit there.
Main Departments at the Rue du Bac Shop:
Women's Fashion: The shop carries a wide and carefully curated selection of pieces from elegant contemporary designers from around the world. Some of these include Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jill Sander, Maxime Simoens, Scandinavian brand Stouls, Phillip Lim, Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti, and Balmain. Giles Jonathan Saunders, Giles Deacon, Kris Van Assche, and Philip Lim, renowned for his "androgynous chic".
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Accessories, Shoes, Furniture, Objets d'Art: This section of the store boasts tastefully selected home furnishings from Vincent Colet, photographs from Philippe Terrier-Hermann,and pieces from a variety of other designers and artists. A selection of accessories and designer shoes occupy the remainder of the "Suite", which is designed to feel a bit like a luxury palace hotel.
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Exclusive Services at the Shop: Suite 114 also offers a series of luxury services such as concierge and personal shoppers.
Visit the official website to find out how to take advantage of these.