Textile Travels Paris and Textile Travels London are a new kind of online guide for textile enthusiasts of all kinds planning a visit to either city. These fabulous guides are available as PDFs and can be downloaded individually, or together for a reduced price, from the Textile Tours of Paris website.
The guides include 20 pages with a fantastic list of boutiques, museums, galleries, fabric stores and neighbourhoods, flea markets, bookstores, libraries, interior fabric stores, passementeries and guided tours that textile enthusiasts can enjoy in Paris. When you click on the name of each place it will take you directly to a Google map with the location pinned so you can easily plan your trip in advance and then navigate your way like a local when you arrive in Paris (we’ve even colour-coded the pins!). Underneath the name there is a description of the textile treasures available to see, purchase and learn, as well as their address and website.
Woven through the guide, there are links to Haptic and Hue podcasts that explore fascinating stories about French lace, silk, chintz, haberdasheries and flea markets, so your trip to Paris will be enriched by these captivating tales. In the London guide these explore the Huguenot weavers of Spitalfields, the cloth tokens of the Foundling Museum, mid-century modern textiles and where the much-loved Tube got its fabrics from.
Textile Travels are the guides we’ve all been waiting for! Designed for anyone who travels in search of textile treasures, but despairs they may be out of the loop. The Textile Travels guides will make sure you don’t miss a stitch again!
Rebecca Devaney established Textile Tours of Paris in 2019, giving guided tours of the haberdasheries (notion stores) and vintage textile and fashion flea markets of Paris. Rebecca originally came to Paris to study Haute Couture embroidery at École Lesage and then worked as an embroiderer for Chanel, Dior, Valentino etc. During the Textile Tours, Rebecca shares all her favourite addresses to buy the finest materials France has to offer and her clients share her love of French craft, heritage and savoir-faire!
Jo Andrews set up the Haptic and Hue podcast in 2020. It ranks in the top 1% of podcasts globally. It explores the way in which cloth speaks to us and the impact it has on our lives. It looks at the different light textiles cast on the story of humanity. Jo is a handweaver, interested in all aspects of textiles and how they are made.