This excursion offers you an amazing opportunity to discover the Palais Royal district and relive Emile Zola's novel "The Ladies' Paradise," as you discover one of the last Parisian establishments specializing in trimmings and haberdashery.
What to Expect
Trim making includes all kinds of thread products used in the past for ceremonial dress and now used for interior decoration. Specific to France is the creation of a Guild of Trim Makers in the 16th century. As trimmings are costly ornaments, tassels and braids, as well as fringes and pompoms, have long been signs of social distinction, notably among the aristocratic and luxury fashion accessories in the court of the king. Haberdashery, on the other hand, is all items used to make clothing and adornment, such as thread, needles, buttons, ribbons and velvet, etc. The business recommended for your visit was set up in the middle of the 19th century in the old Hatters and Milliners district. In order to supply them, wholesalers of grosgrains, ribbons and felts originally from the Lyon region established themselves here.
The shop therefore began to specialize in the sale of these goods. 200 years later, this business is still open and offers a myriad of articles and other accessories that immediately evoke Zola's Paris. You will meet the manager of this establishment who will show you the different qualities and materials used in embroidery and hats some of which are no longer in existence.
This tour will take place around the Palais Royal. Passing by the Comédie-Française and the Palais gardens, the home of Philippe d'Orleans with its 18th century courtyard and your city guide will touch on the history of costumes and Parisian fashion while taking you to some iconic places.
Know Before You Go
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