Wholesalers who sell to you and me


If you are like me, and you don’t clothes shop for pleasure but out of obligation, shopping at a wholesaler (grossiste, in French) is an awesomely frugal experience. Expect to pour over racks of clothing to find the gem in your size, but remember you didn’t go for the atmosphere. In my search for a winter coat this season, I visited all the major prêt-à-porter brands, sales, online alerts…and came up empty handed for my budget.

When I strolled by a coat shop which I understood to be a wholesaler, I always thought one day I’d have to check in and see if they’d be willing to make just one sale. Turns out they did! They had a huge selection of coats, wool, cashmere, blends, all lined and excellent quality. Coats that this designer/producer normally sells off to Galleries Lafayette where they are marked up to 300-400 Euros were selling for 150 directly from this shop (corner of rue de Normandie and rue Charlot 75003).

It’s not the first wholesaler success story. My friend found her bridesmaid’s dress in a rue Saint Denis shop for a steal of a price (one fifth the retail price). In fact, rue Saint Denis is lined with wholesalers, as is the surrounding area reputed for textiles “Le Sentier“.

I might be coming from a place of ignorance in my excitement of this wholesale success, but it never hurts to ask if they’re willing to make a sale to an individual!


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I've lived in France since August 2006 with a stint back in Washington, DC for a year. Ten months of my time in France were spent in Rouen - the Normandy town known for, among other things, Joan of Arc's death and Monet's study of light. With the years that pass, Paris is constantly transformed by the interesting people I meet who open up new doors in this amazing city.

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