52 Rue de Bourgogne, Paris, France
Shopping in Paris used to be a thrill for fashion mavens because it was truly treasure hunting. Shoppers could find things that were not available anywhere else: elegant French-made pieces that you had to come to Paris to secure. In recent years, as the world has become ever more global, you can find the same brands almost everywhere or online. Well, thanks to Salon Septième, a private atelier founded by American fashion executive Nancy Pedot, fashion lovers have a reason to go to Paris to shop again. After a career in retail at mega companies like Gymboree and later French labels like Comptoir des Cottoniers, Pedot decided to focus on true French artisanship. She works with the finest mills, the same ones that manufacture for Hermès and Chanel. In her salon in the Seventh Arrondissement, not far from the Champ de Mars, you can peruse the color palettes and classic styles and work with Nancy and her team to create your own look and collection: Double face cashmere wrap coats that can be paired with organza shawls (perfect for travel) for evening. Hammered silk blouses in jewel tones worn with long skirts could be your new office uniform. Nancy lives in the silk pajama-style drawstring pants in summer, with cotton blouses and a chunky sweater after sunset. Each piece is luscious and luxurious in terms of its material and its tailoring, like the very best Saint Laurent or Gucci pieces. There is nothing trendy or fast-fashion about these clothes. They are classic, timeless and made to last. Book an appointment on your next trip to Paris. You will be glad you did!
Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley