Hat shopping in Paris is a unique experience worth doing. From classic to fantastic, you will find one-of-a-kind chapeaux for everyday and special occasions.
Fashion icon hat maker
Parisian Milliner Marie Mercié has been topping the dainty heads of celebs and socialites since opening her first shop on the Left Bank of Paris in 1987.
I stumbled upon Marie Mercié’s shop while roaming the streets near Saint Sulpice one sunny day. Not naturally a “hat person” I ordinarily pass by milliner shops easily, however there was a goose with a small red beret of sorts that had mouse ears attached that made me give it a double-take. Once I paused it was all over.
No cat in the hats but feathers for sure
There were natural straw hats in all shapes and sizes. There were wool hats, velvet hats, colorful caps, hats with feathers and everything in between. The most adorable part of the display was the pink fuscia burlap dressed toddler mannequin. She had a petit black straw brimmed hat on her head.
I spent several minutes examining each hat, wishing I could try them all on. It is the type of place where you know they will examine your face shape, head size, hair style and coloring and come up with a stunning option to flatter it all. Alas, the shop was closed so no entry pour moi and now the store has changed hands. However, it remains a hat shop, now called Atelier 144 and boasts a wonderful collection of Parisian made chapeaux.
About Marie Mercié
A bit about Marie Mercié: Internationally known, her roots remain in Paris even with the addition of a store in London, UK. Marie’s handmade designs are still crafted in France. According to her website her hats “have been worn around the world, and she collaborated with many designers including Hermès, John Galliano, Agnès B. and Kenzo.”
Whether it’s sunny or rainy, hat shopping in Paris is a super idea! Atelier 144 looks to have any type of hat you might need. Check out their shop and email them for more information prior to your arrival in Paris. I am sure they will welcome a private appointment with you.
How to order Marie originals
23, rue Saint Sulpice, 75006 Paris