La Maille

imageWhen I happily, but unexpectedly, ended up working in Paris in July, I had all of the wrong clothes. A hot day in Scotland was about 72, while Paris has had a lot of days in the 90s. I needed some new clothes vite. Fortunately, it was les soldes, the twice annual French sales period.

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Near where I work is a great shopping street called rue Bonaparte. A store where I’d popped into several times, but had never purchased anything is Ateliers de la Maille. They specialize in knits made of natural fibres such as silk, cotton, cashmere, and bamboo. This time I bought two dresses and a long skirt made of bamboo and couldn’t be happier with them. They are incredibly soft and light. I feel like I’m wearing comfy pajamas, but I look professional and well put-together. At full price, their merchandise is quite reasonable, but on sale, it was easy to buy the pieces I needed for the weather and the amount of time I was going to be in Paris.

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La maille (lah m’eye) refers to links used to create a garment, such as chain mail. You can see the connection between the French word and the English. Since few of us have a need for armor these days, we’re more likely to have maille in our lives as knitwear. If you can’t get to one of their boutiques in person, they do ship world-wide.

imageThe Fashion Insider’s Guide to Paris

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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