Vive La Difference with FrenchChicShopping

Rachel Kaplan’s customized shopping tours are intended to suit your shopping and style profile, with a special emphasis on making the most of what you have–be it your budget or your body type.

Our FrenchChicShopping tours are adaptable to everyone, regardless of sex, age or nationality, including persons who may be physically challenged or who have special size needs. Every guest is pampered–and given a complimentary welcome kit that includes a copy of Best Buys to French Chic by Rachel Kaplan, oodles of beauty samples, French lavender, store discounts and more.

We work only with trained, experienced guides, who are either university-educated native English speakers or French national guides who speak flawless English. Both have the people skills to make Americans and other English-speakers feel at home in France. Our multilingual guides also have fluency in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Polish and Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese.

Most importantly, on our tours you will discover unique shops with designers that you don’t find at the Mall or on High Street–that offer clothes, accessories, home furnishings and kitchen accessories that will have all friends asking, ‘Now where did you find that?!’

Self-Guided Tour for the Independent Shopper

Our detailed itinerary outlines with names, addresses and phone numbers the shopping area and stores that will suit both your tastes and budget. We can set up appointments with shops on the day you wish to shop and advise them of your interests. We can be sure to include addresses that offer the FrenchChicShopping benefits including special discounts and upgrades. In addition, you will be given a FrenchChicShopping welcome kit at either your hotel or apartment that includes a copy of Best Buys to French Chic, a Fashion Show Invitation, and discounts to major department stores and specialty retailers with a broad selection of goods. We can also set up an appointment with a personal shopper at a department store, who is fluent in English, Spanish or French.

The cost of this personalized shopping service which gives you access to many of our secret addresses, which allows you to shop at your pace, starts at 350€. (We can also arrange to have a car and driver accompany you throughout the day.) So we invite you to send us the dates of your trip to Paris, your wish list, and any other pertinent information so we can make this a truly tailor-made experience.

Customized Individual and Group Tours

This private group tour which can be conducted either with a driver/guide or a guide and chauffeured limousine or minivan, which allows you to shop at leisure and leave the bags in the car! This type of tour is ideal for flea-market buffs, weekends in Paris, family reunions, as well as for birthday, engagement and college graduation celebrations…

Since this is a customized tour, our price for this tour reflects the number of guests in the party, and any extras involved, including lunch, tea, spa appointments, makeover consultants and more…

For example, on a recent tour, two of our very savvy guests were able to purchase both remarkable vintage, including a Balenciaga haute couture cape made in 1946 for the Queen of Belgium, stunning slacks that can go from city to country at a truly unbeatable price, as well as cutting edge designs from one of the most avant-garde boutiques in Paris, regularly shopped by the president of Saks Fifth Avenue!

The Ultimate ‘New Look’ Tour

Are you having a major birthday, or seeking a new image in hair, makeup, clothes and accessories? With our seasoned and sensitive stylists, you will be able to not only come up with the perfect wardrobe, but also arrange for a makeup and skincare lesson, get a new haircut and color, and even order some custom-made clothes and shoes at affordable prices. So just feel free to contact FrenchChicShopping with your wish-list so we can help you to create the look you want! You can count on us to help you discover the latest in skincare and spa treatments, makeup and haircare, as well as locate the clothes that you won’t find back at the Mall. We can even find you both the tailor and fabric that allow you to recreate an outfit that you may have seen in a fashion magazine but wish purchase for a fraction of the cost.

The Professional Insiders’ Tour

This tour is geared to both the novice in retailing and the seasoned professional–and could be for that person who has or hopes to open a chic boutique, or who is thinking of opening a cutting-edge hotel or restaurant, and is looking for sources of inspiration and keen to access those professionals who have the knowledge and ideas that can take them to the next level.
Over the years we have helped business owners to shop the leading trade shows in France such as Maison & Objet and the SIAL, purchase antiques, textiles and home accessories, and have opened doors to some of the most intriguing designers in France. We assisted in the furnishing of wine bars and brasseries, and have helped design table linens that can be found nowhere else. With the Professional FrenchChicShopping Insiders’ tour you get access to people and services you wouldn’t know otherwise.

Discount Designer Shopping Tour

With one of our expert shopping guides, you will discover the secret addresses for finding elegant shoes, designer clothing, and even accessories at discount prices that are at least 30 to 50 percent less than those in the high-street shops. In addition, you will receive 10% percent discount shopping cards from the Paris’ leading department stores, and vital assistance with the value-added tax refund, which can save you between 10 and 19.6 percent on your purchases when you spend 175 euros at a single retail outlet. This tour proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to be chic!

The French Art-de-Vivre Shopping Tour

With one of our expert shopping guides, you will discover our secret addresses that make the French art de vivre a way of life – whether it’s fine linens and lovely Provencal fabrics, elegant china and silver, exquisite glassware and crystal, or room fragrances and scented candles. We will take you to the neighborhoods where you find a broad array of stock at the most attractive prices, and assist you in making choices that are both lasting and beautiful. Our aim on this tour is to show you the best that France has to offer, whether it’s country French or elegant Sèvres porcelain and Baccarat crystal.

Food and Wine Shopping Tour

With one of our expert shopping guides, you will discover the best finds for cooking and fine dining, including where to find the finest foie gras and truffles, the most memorable wines and champagnes, as well as the latest set of cooking utensils and gadgets. If you are seeking the latest Le Creuset cookware or the most ingenious wine accessories, you will discover them on this tour. Ditto for fine cutlery, crystal and quiche pans. Worried about shipping your hoard home? FrenchChicShopping’s shipper solves that problem as well giving you a choice of air or sea, depending on your needs and budget.

Eco-Chic Shopping Tour

For those shoppers who are concerned about their carbon foot-print or fair trade, we are now providing a more sustainable shopping tour. This tour is conducted on foot or using public transportation, and covers those retail outlets that are selling organic cosmetics, skincare products, herbal remedies and teas, as well as clothing and accessories.  In addition, visitors will have a chance to discover and sample organic food markets and organic wines.

Vintage and Flea Market Shopping Tour

With one of our expert shopping guides, you will discover the best deals in vintage, “depot-ventes”, and Flea Market antiques and accessories, including Louis Vuitton and Hermes luggage and trunks, costume jewellery (Coco Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Yves St. Laurent), fine jewellery (Cartier, Chaumet, Boucheron), as well as fine silver, linens, and home accessories and furniture. With FrenchChicShopping you never have to worry about shipping your goods home—we have just the shipper who will deliver your valuables door to door for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere!

Made-to-Order Shopping Tour

With one our expert shopping guides, you will discover textiles and trims that you can purchase for clothes, bed coverings and window trims. Better yet, you can bring your design to Paris and have them made on the spot! We are more than happy to help you find a dressmaker who can copy a favorite outfit, or a shoe designer who can customize a pair of boots or pumps. We can even help you get bras and other lingerie items made to order with the very designer who invented the braziere! Want to create a singular fragrance or your own specific palette of cosmetics—we can arrange for these as well.

Food & Wine Tours

If you’ve ever wondered how to order a meal in a French restaurant without getting tongue-tied, this tour is for you. If you’ve wanted to understand the difference between crème fraiche and fromage blanc, this course is for you. If you want to learn the different terms for fish, or what kinds of cheese should be chosen for the cheese course, and how to read a wine label, this course is for you. Join me on a personal Food & Wine Tour and you will discover the secrets of French gastronomy. Wine lovers will also discover the finest French wines from the terroir to the bottle. You will have a chance to meet leading vintners and cellar-masters, and learn the difference between a Cru Bourgeois and a Grand Cru. By the time you end your trip, you will have tasted the best France has to offer, gaining invaluable knowledge every morsel and sip of the way.