A Paris Best Kept Shopping Secret:
Franck et Fils began when Emma Franck opened a mercerie (haberdashery) store in 1987 in Passy, then a village outside the center of Paris. The 18-year old girl from Alsace ambitiously named it Les Galeries Parisiennes, and sold lace, fabrics, ribbons and hats to her aspiring customers. She built a workshop on the same site creating hats, then dresses and accessories in the latest Paris style. The innovative store (solely for women, with one-day sales!)was a succés fou, an instant success.
Her son Georges joined the business after World War I when it became Franck et Fils. In 1937 the store moved to 80, rue de Passy.
Today the store is a magnet for discerning Parisian and fashion shoppers. It has deliberately kept the feel of a townhouse in style, adding to the feeling of exclusive shopping.
Franck et Fils Location and Information:
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 44 14 38 00 (Switchboard); 00 33 (0)1 44 14 38 74 (Customer Services)
Visit the website (in English and French)
Metro: La Muette, Victor Hugo
RER: RER C, Boullainvilliers stop
Bus: 52, 22, 32
Franck et Fils Opening Hours:
Saturday 10am to 8pm
Le Franck et Fils Added Advantages:
Le Café de la Grande Epicerie:
On the second floor and open Monday to Friday 10.30am to 6pm and Saturday 10.30am to 7pm, the café serves small snacks and top patisseries.
Le Franck et Fils Store Layout:
The store is easy to negotiate due to its smaller size and lack of crowds. It has separate departments on three floors covering fashion for men and women, shoes, leather goods, hats, scarves, jewellery, swimwear, lingerie, home items, perfumes and accessories. All the top names are here, from Armani to Acne, from Burberry to By Zoe and Paul Smith to Helmut Lang.
Luxury Photo Booth
Don’t miss the Studio Harcourt instant photo booth that people flock to for very good passport sized photos with the famous Harcourt style usually reserved for film stars.