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“Terrible service, lacking style”
Review of Didier Ludot

Didier Ludot
Ranked #554 of 699 Shopping in Paris
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Owner description: An internationally acclaimed vintage clothing store.
Reviewed 10 September 2011

I phoned up to check they were open as it was August when most places were closed. Spoke to someone at the 22 building. When we got there it was closed but said ask at number 24, which we did. The store was stuffed with boring and frumpy designer labels and a real leopard coat with a big sign saying 'do not touch'. The man stood in the door way to the back, looked miserable and unfriendly, was very rude when we said we had phoned up, and seemed to have no clue despite the sign at the previous store. Now considering that a) I am a serious vintage collector-my collection includes several couture pieces and b) I was wearing one of those pieces to the shop I expected someone to maybe try and be nice if they wanted to sell something (I was intending to buy!). I would never stop anyone touching items, in fact I would encourage it because its a very important factor to buying a vintage piece, and I would smile too, I am far more passionate than this soulless crew. Well he lost out as I got myself a beautiful umbrella from Alexandra Sojfer instead, and my dresses were much more stylish anyway, I certainly would not trade.

13  Thank JeTaimeVintage
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Reviewed 23 May 2005

If you enjoy shopping for clothes and have an appreciation for vintage wear with impeccable style, be sure to seek out Didier Ludot, the king of vintage couture. His stores are listed in a number of Paris guidebooks as the place to visit for fabulous couture finds.

Couture isn’t simply designer duds draped over pencil-thin models who sashay down the runways. Couture is actually the art of individual design and custom construction of fashionable women’s clothing. More than just tailoring, couture is an expensive and time-consuming process whereby each piece must meet the exacting standards of the designer, as well as reflect the personality and style of the woman for whom it was created.

In Didier Ludot’s stores everything is an original, each dress a story in itself. Even though the attire isn’t new, don’t expect second-hand prices. Couture is still couture, and when you realize that today a woman’s tailored day suit from one of the French houses of haute couture (Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc.) can cost up to $20,000, a previously-owned, gently-used dress for $1,000 could be considered an absolute bargain.

You’ll find Didier Ludot’s empire located among the quiet and peaceful gardens of the Palais Royal, nestled beside a number of interesting shops along a covered arcade. The dresses on display were a riot of color that rivaled the blooms in the gardens – vivid green, tangy yellow and eye-popping orange. From daywear to evening gowns, no two outfits were the same. Sprinkled among this kaleidoscope of couture were the necessities to complete an outfit – including restored vintage leather shoes and handbags.

However, these dazzling displays lacked one particular article of clothing many women would consider a wardrobe staple – a little black dress. To view that particular fashion icon, you must step across the gardens to Monsieur Ludot’s other store, La Petite Robe Noire, literally, The Little Black Dress. Containing both vintage couture and Didier Ludot’s own designs, this is the store for those who appreciate the charm and appeal of one of Coco Chanel’s most enduring legacies.

The windows of Le Petite Robe Noir are filled with black dresses fitted on headless mannequins, just waiting for future owners to be captivated by their style and design. The shop’s light gray interior is a neutral backdrop for the brilliant red accents of the carpet, light shades and hangers. Single rows of black dresses hang neatly and demurely along the perimeter, punctuated by an occasional red interloper. A long rack along the main wall holds Monsieur Ludot’s own charming designs, and twin racks of vintage black dresses are positioned by the front door. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is merely a place to buy a dress. For anyone serious about la petite robe noire, you need to meet La Petite Robe Noire’s fashion expert, Dominique.

I spent a lovely afternoon with her and a half dozen or so little black dresses. Her knowledge of fashion and fit created an experience as unique as each dress that I tried on. I found two dresses that were a great fit, with beautiful design lines perfect for my taste; both are now part of my inventory of little black dresses. Again, be aware that the prices for vintage couture will cause sticker shock for some, but the memory of my afternoon with Dominique will only add to the pleasure when I wear my little black dresses.

It’s a rare treat to see the designs of bygone eras showcased to wonderfully, so don’t hesitate to stop at both stores -- even if you just plan to look. Parisians are famous for their window shopping habits, and you won’t be any different.

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