Nov 11, 2014

from Threads Magazine: Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.
Find the nearest Paris metro station with this map. Click to enlarge.
Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.
Paris is divied into 20 sections called "arrondissements".Click to enlarge.
Some of the shops mentioned in Susan Khalje's "Sewing Destination: Paris, France" article in Threads #167 (June/July 2013) may be difficult to find because they are located in out-of-the-way corners of Paris's labyrinthine streets. Here are site markers and directions to help you locate the more difficult-to-find shops–plus some budget-friendly fabric shops to visit.
Remember that Paris is divided into 20 sections called "arrondissements", which spiral out from the city's center, and that addresses include the arrondissement number.
Sophie Hallette3, rue Saint-Fiacre, second floor (2nd arrondissement)
Métro: Sentier
Telephone: 01 42 36 98 11.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays)
SophieHallette.comPush open the big wooden door, and once you're inside the courtyard, you'll see another door to your right. Use the buttons on the left of the keypad to find Sophie Hallette, then push "appel" (call). Go to the second floor, and they'll let you in.
Janssens & Janssens3-5, rue d'Anjou (8th arrondissement)
Métro: Madeleine or Concorde
Telephone: 01 42 65 04 00
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Janssens & Janssens is just off rue Faubourg St. Honoré.
Tissus Edré16, rue de Jean Bologne (16th arrondissement)
Métro: Passy
Telephone: 01 46 47 60 18
Hours: Monday, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 10: a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
As you exit the metro station, head up the hill and make a left on rue Passy. Walk until you see rue de Jean Bologne; make a left, then turn immediately into the small courtyard. 
Legeron20, rue des Petits-Champs (2nd arrondissement)
Metro: Pyramides
Telephone: 01 42 96 94 89
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12: p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
While the number 20 is clearly marked on the building, you'll have to go to the back of the courtyard to find Legeron's workroom. There's a wooden stairway on your left: walk up to the second floor (actually the third level above ground) and you'll see the workroom's door on your left. 

Les Perlés d'Antan142, rue des Rosiers (in the Clignancourt Flea Market, Saint-Ouen, just beyond the city's boundary)
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt
Telephone: 01 40 10 95 49
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Monday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
As you exit the metro, keep going straight. Pass the vendors in the flea market who are selling new items, and turn left onto rue des Rosiers. On the left, you'll see the Marché Malassis building. Flora is on the left, towards the back of the flea market. 

Finding Fabric Shops in Paris

Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.
Find the nearest Paris metro station with this map. Click to enlarge.
Paris is divied into 20 sections called arrondissements.Click to enlarge.
Paris is divied into 20 sections called "arrondissements".Click to enlarge.
Budget-friendly Fabric Shopping in Paris
In Paris, the cream rises to the top, and this holds true for fabric shopping. But there is still a market for the "milk"--the everyday shopping destinations that offer familiar fabrics at prices similar to those you'd find at the average American fabric store. The streets of the 18th arrondissement, particularly in the neighborhood of the Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre, are full of fabric stores, many of them well-known, popular destinations offering goods at reasonable prices. It's a lively and colorful area, and there are bargains to be had.
Paris Tissus15 rue de Steinkerque (18th arrondissement)
Paris Tissus is one of my favorites, because it carries a small but very nice range of suiting fabrics.
Tissus Reine
5 Place Saint-Pierre (18th arrondissement)
Tissus Reine is one of the largest fabric stores in Paris and stocks a wide range of goods, all reasonably priced: bridal fabrics and lace, Liberty cotton, dupioni, and home decor fabrics, as well as patterns and notions.
Marché St. Pierre2 rue Charles Nodier (18th arrondissement)
MarchestPierre.comAlso a large store, Marché St. Pierre has multiple floors and a similarly broad offering.
Have you ever shopped for fabric in Paris? Are there any shops you would add to this list of budget-friendly fabric stores?

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I received this very useful information and much more by signing up for the Threads e-newsletter and it simply came to my

So in San Diego there is not a great selection of shirting fabric......following the Threads Magazine recommendation for London Fabric Shops one can find a giant assortment of fabric.....everything from Liberty of London Cottons to Chanel style wool and braids perfect for the classic jacket.  Yes, it was expensive for me, but I also think it was worth

more info from the comments section.......

Palema28Palema28 writes: Hey everyone ,

After long hours on the forums french fabrics, I found the new trend in paris for fabrics shop: It is to go to the suppliers of fabrics directly :)
I've been at Bennytex palce it is nearly close to paris.
Friends of mine are also go there from London : It is great , you can fine plenty of choice and even lower prices than in stores.
Vendors and customers and superb relationships.
There is to an article on them in the newspaper

More info :

user-311702 writes: When this issue arrived, I was getting ready to go to France for three weeks.! As I was traveling with three men, there was not much time to shop. I ripped the pages from the magazine an tucked it in my bag. We were only in Paris for four days and on the third, I ditched the guys, hailed a taxi, and went to Janssen & Janssen. Thank you, Threads and Susan! I am the owner of a glorious meter and a half of exquisite fabric for a Chanel jacket! I also found why there are no remnants. When there was extra at the end of the bolt, it was included in my piece for no extra charge!
Posted: 2:06 pm on July 2nd

Spotlight on David Atlee Phillips alias Maurice Bishop from SWHT Author Larry Hancock

Bishop, Phillips and Veciana – the implications

Antonio Veciana recently verified that CIA officer David Phillips used the alias of Maurice Bishop from the time of his first 1960 contact with Veciana in Cuba, a relationship that continued over several years and continuing into cover operations in Latin America    The Phillips/Bishop match has been written on at great length by researches ranging from Gaeton Fonzi and Anthony Summers to myself.   In his autobiography Phillips mentioned making contact while in Cuba with a group plotting an attack on Fidel Castro; he stated that he used both an alias and a disguise in those contacts.   We know that Veciana was involved in such a plot and that he had actually proposed an attack on Castro to the CIA (the related document lists the crypt for his CIA contact as “Olien”, a crypt not yet found in other documents).   Phillips notes that he contacted Veciana as a businessman, making no reference to the CIA, and Veciana confirms that Phillips maintained that stance throughout their relationship.  In 1968, Veciana was given a job working for AID (a long time CIA cover) and moved to Latin America, during the next few years he was involved in additional efforts to kill Castro.  I go into this in some detail in NEXUS but Veciana was not the only Cuban exile involved and it appears that Phillips directly and personally ran those assets while serving in a CIA management position as Chief of Cuban Operations for the Western Hemisphere.
It is reasonably clear that Phillips used CIA resources and CIA money to fund those operations.  What is not clear is the degree to which they were sanctioned, documented or the subject of any CIA paperwork trail. Equally important is that circa 1962/1963, Veciana relates the fact that Bishop/Phillips was key in providing the drive, introductions and money to form Alpha 66 and then to direct its activities.  That is especially interesting since once again there is no CIA paper trial showing any connection to Alpha 66.  It is even more interesting given that Veciana relates that Bishop/Phillips directed the group to attack Soviet targets in Cuba, in a series of missions that were to essentially “put JFK’s back to the wall” in some sort of intervention.  Alpha 66 was being used in direct opposition to American and White House possibility – at the direction of a CIA officer.   One possibility was that the group was crated under a sanctioned operation and that Phillips effectively “stole” it with personal direction and manipulation.  Yet there is no paper trail connecting the Agency to Alpha 66 at any point and those documents which do mention it appear to support the view that there was no direct connection.
All of which means that either there is a huge volume of CIA documentation that is missing from the released materials – to no obvious purpose – or that all connections with Alpha 66 were destroyed.  Other possibilities would be that the whole thing could originally have been a vest pocket operation that Phillips stole or that he hijacked the Veciana contact to his own purposes when Veciana arrived in exile in Miami.
Under any guise, its a fascinating and important historical story.  Did the CIA initially direct Phillips to Veciana based on the offer to assassinate Castro?  If so did the CIA not ask for any follow on reports about the assassination group inside Cuba. Phillips was actually brought out of Cuba for a time once his commercial cover was exposed, was he not debriefed then – before being sent back to essentially retrieve his family.   Hopefully someone or some group of researchers will follow this trial – it could have serious historical implications as to whether or not the CIA was essentially acting independently under the Kennedy administration or whether CIA officers had the ability to go rogue and subvert contacts for their own agendas – in Phillips case an agenda lasting well over a decade.   Personally I’ve written about Phillips activities throughout his career in SWHT, NEXUS and Shadow Warfare – no doubt I’ve even forgotten some of the relevant details in those works.  Hopefully younger and fresher minds can use that as a launching point to take this piece of history much further.

Thank you, Larry, for all of your hard work and always keeping us

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Ronnie and Bams

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77 WABC: Larry Mendte--Spotlight on A Good Reporter

Good listening this weekend to Larry Mendte........Sundays 7-9 PM on 77 WABC AM Radio New York......(that's Geraldo's station).

He also filled in for Geraldo Rivera on Monday morning in the 10-12 time slot.

Both of his shows offered plenty of new information and facts on the marijuana issue and the Seal Team 6 controversy.

Larry is well informed on the facts so again the listener is the winner because we get to hear new ideas about the topics being discussed.

Larry really knows what he is talking about--his good reporting skills shine through the conversation between Larry and the callers.

The people that call in have a respect for Larry Mendte--the callers are so well informed, too.

Larry is suggesting that marijuana will be legalized in New York just like Colorado and why not take the advantage of the financial opportunities at hand.

Larry told us that many of the original fears about the legalization of marijuana have been proven incorrect over time and fallen off the page one by one.

Larry also feels like the individuals talking about Seal Team 6--members of the team--should be allowed to talk about their activities resulting in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Actually, Larry Mendte feels like these men should be celebrated as heroes, in this special circumstance, rather that take the silent approach preferred by the Seal Team members and those in charge in order to prevent giving away security secrets.

English: Actress Winona Ryder at the 2010 Toro...
English: Actress Winona Ryder at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thanks, Larry, for sharing with us your good reporting skills and plenty of pertinent information.

Other good listening from The Ronnie Republic Radio Round-Up.......

WABC Saturdays--Joan Hamburg--really funny interviewing Joy Behar and telling us what is happening on Broadway.

Bill Nighy and Winona Ryder in PBS Masterpiece's is so fun to see brilliant actress Winona Ryder again.