The best of French in New York: Where French women shop

ADRIENNE MANSARD - Where French women shop - My French Life - Ma Vie Française -

Finding clothes with French flair without spending top designer prices is never easy in most parts of the world. But for the lucky New York crowd there is Comptoir des Cotonniers, a popular French retail store, available at varying boutique locations throughout the city.

The brand is aimed at the modern woman with a love for all things French, classically chic and very well made for a reasonable price.

Back to basics à la française


As is the case with most things French, they do the basics extremely well. The best little back dress I ever bought, I bought in France for 20 euros. The best cardigan I ever bought, I bought in France for 10 euros. Each an extremely simple wardrobe staple, but only in France could I find these items so naturally well tailored that it would look good on any woman at any size, without breaking the piggy bank.

I often wished there were more French moderately priced French retailers available in the States, and finally in New York my wish was granted.

A certain je ne sais quoi

Comptoir des Cotonniers has boutiques uptown on Madison Avenue and on Spring Street in Soho, each offering the beautiful New York hybrid of American customer service and effortless French fashion. The prices are in line with what one would expect at a JCrew or Banana Republic, but the items being sold have that extra je ne sais quoi that makes them stand out.


Whether it’s an adorable tailored, patterned dress that will work for the office and then for cocktails in the evening, or a subtly sexy hooded coat for winter, the store offers solid wardrobe pieces that fit in with New York fashion without making you look like you shopped at the same store as everyone else.

French flair

When it comes to clothes, there is something so graceful and precise about French fashion that you wonder why so many stores in the States get it wrong so often. Francophiles and French expats alike will be happy to know there is a truly French option in town.

Whether you’re visiting or living in New York City, Comptoir des Cotonniers is definitely a place to shop if you’re looking to update your wardrobe with a little French flair for a realistic price.

Which French label or department store would you like to see in your hometown?

Image credits:
1. Fashion lesson, via Comptoir des Cotonniers
2. Interior of store, via Racked
3. Storefront, via Racked

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  1. sega10028 Oct 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM - Reply

    This reads like an advertisement for Comptoir des Cotonniers when there are otehr strong mainstream French brands represented in NYC. It was big news when other French brands Sandro and Maje opened shops in NYC about a year ago, and they already have multiple locations (their prices aren’t much higher than CDC). Zadig & Voltaire and Isabel Marant have shops, though those aren’t quite in the same price range. Here’s a good map:

  2. Judy MacMahon Oct 19, 2012 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    Wow, that’s a French invasion, I love it Thanks for the link ‘sega10028’

  3. Emmanuelle Tremolet Oct 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM - Reply

    Please French brands come in Melbourne, I miss you so much!!! Thank you

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