Rue Daguerre Chic
Even though the 14th Arrondissement didn’t make the cut for Adrienne Ribes Tiphaine’s Paris Chic &Trendy listing of designer studios, hip boutiques and vintage shops, I was certain that my home turf must have at least one or two such boutiques which merited a closer look.
Finding a street to begin my search didn’t present a problem. Rue Daguerre, made famous by its film director resident Agnes Varda and her film ‘Daguerrotypes’ is a fun place to browse, primarily for its market, regional products and good butcher shops – but also for design.
I’ve already mentioned in past posts my penchant for the haberdasher ‘Divine’, but now there’s another boutique you can add to your address book.
Haili Paris at 56 Rue Daguerre is discreet. Designer Patricia Wang greeted me in person and showed me some of her creations for the season. In addition to her own work, she features Scandinavian designers.
Like A.P.C. (one of the designer boutiques listed in Paris Chic & Trendy), it’s easy to feel at home here. Although I hadn’t intended on making a purchase – this was supposed to be ‘purely educational’, I succumbed finally to a spring jacket, but with very good justification.
Finally I’ve found a woman’s jacket designed with an inside pocket. Revolutionary to say the least. Here’s an opportunity to ditch the handbag altogether. That is, unless your oversized handbag is doing dual service as a laptop computer carrier.
Ms. Wang told me that she chose the name for her store ‘Haili Paris’ for her daughter – it means ‘beautiful by the sea’ which is also a tribute to her Shanghai/Paris connection. It’s nice to know that I don’t have far to walk to find ‘chic and trendy’ right in the 14th arrondissement.
54 Rue Daguerre
Metro: Denfert Rochereau
Tel 01 40 47 54 86
You’ll find plenty of luncheon spots along Rue Daguerre. The cafe/restaurant attached to the accordeon shop has closed (Diet’tonique) and has metamorphosed into Plan B (89 Rue Daguerre) with a ‘thumbs-up’ from the folks over at www.restoaparis.com. Cafe d’Enfer (which I reviewed mentioned several aeons ago on Bootsnall Paris Guide) is still going strong. In the spring and summer, you’ll find a leafy creperie in a semi-enclosed cul-de-sac and plenty of brasseries/cafes in the market district of the Rue Daguerre. In a word, Rue Daguerre is oh, so very chic! And, yes, it’s in the 14th arrondissement, I’m proud to say.