Melissa Ladd, author of blog Prete Moi Paris, recently stumbled upon every woman’s dream: a private shopping lounge, reserved just for you and your friends, stocked with all the gorgeous designer items you can imagine. Fantasy? Think again!
All photos courtesy of Miki
I don’t ever want to shop in a store again. I don’t want to do the queue for the dressing rooms, I don’t want to deal with pushy people grabbing the last black silk blazer in my size from my ecstatic fingers, and I am done with finding the perfect item after hours of searching only to discover the collar smeared with lipstick. Enough! Terminé! Finito!
And although I also love the comfort of browsing from home, online shopping is not conducive to the immediate gratification we crave — I have sent jeans back to Yoox three times in a row before finding the perfect fit. Personal shoppers are fabulous, but it can be tough to part with their fees when that cash could be put towards actual clothes…
What if I told you I know of a place that combines the best of these shopping worlds, brought to you by an Italian woman no less ?
This Italienne, Miki, houses a private store in her Rue Saint Honoré apartment — so that instead of shopping from the comfort of your home, you can shop from the comfort of hers!
You can relax, spread out, put your purse down, kick off your heels, change clothes in the spacious, light-filled room surrounded by gorgeous clothes (or if you’re a little shy you can ask to use the bathroom, but it’s France, so no one really minds if you strip to your pantyhose in front of them). The mirror sits at the far end of the room between linen-veiled windows that allow for maximum daylight to admire your frocks.
The second thing that makes Miki’s experience special is the time. You get to make an appointment, which means you have time set aside for you (and the friends you’ll bring along of course), and you won’t be rushed by sales people who can’t be bothered to deal with your indecisiveness. Miki will give her expert opinion about what looks lovely on you and what brings out your best features, but she’s not the hard sales type. You are made to feel as if you are at your girlfriend’s house and you get to raid her amazing closet! Miki knows hospitality too. She welcomes you with tea and treats to nibble on and chats with you about clothes, current events, designers, diets, whatever!
And then of course, there are the clothes. Much of her items are from Italian designers, but she mixes in a few French names as well, and the prices are sweet. MaxMara, Aviu, Grazia Bagnaresi, Blumarine, Etro, Malloni, Marni, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moschino, Prada, Quodlibet, Rick Owens, Tibi, Valentino…. they ooze out of the room with racks full of sumptuous fabrics that slide onto your skin as if they have been sitting there waiting just for you. And just as she has an entire room dedicated to trying the clothes on, relaxing and prancing in front of the mirror, she also has a room just for browsing through racks of gorgeous items you’ll be itching to wear for years to come.
Miki hand picks all the items she sells. She keeps her regular customers in mind when she selects them and she will offer hemming services as well if needed. I walked away with a gorgeous, red, attention-grabbing cocktail dress from Costume National for a steal at €70, a chocolate cashmere cowl-neck sweater for €40 and a plum Grazia Bagnaresi piece that is oh-so-chic yet as comfy as PJs, for €90. What’s not to love!
A few links that might also be of interest to you:
- Fabulous personal shopper Lilye
- For when the ladies need a little shade: Custom Artisan Umbrellas
- Custom-made corsets – by appointment only
- HipParis concierge and personal shopper Didier’s fabulous fashion blog