Christine Ajudua
December 04, 2009

Based in New York and Paris, respectively, cult bloggers Scott Schuman (thesartorialist.com) and Garance Doré (garancedore.fr) have the inside scoop on these two fashion capitals, and their idiosyncratic takes on street style have garnered them huge followings. T+L asked where they like to go when they’re not online.

Schuman’s New York

I’m a sucker for a great photography bookstore, like Dashwood Books (dashwoodbooks.com) in NoHo.

The West Village’s Leffot carries a well-curated selection of men’s shoes from labels such as Edward Green.

Doré’s Paris

Every chic Parisian girl goes to Free’p’star (freepstar.com) for discounted designer clothes. I found a YSL jacket there for $70.

The cutting-edge boutique Surface to Air (68 Rue Charlot; 33-1/44-61-76-27), in the Marais, has a stylish private label and up-and-coming French designers.

Leffot

“Numquam jactate” is the motto of this men’s shoe store, located in New York City’s West Village. The phrase means “never boast,” and it epitomizes Leffot’s commitment to providing its customers with stylish footwear that is never ostentatious. The same can be said for the store, with its black walls, white chairs and simple shoe-lined table. The selection of classic men’s footwear includes leading designers such as Abbeyhorn and Viberg. Leffot also offers a made-to-order service, allowing customersguided by Leffot’s expert staff and shoemakersto design their own footwear.

Surface to Air

Since launching in 2000, this cutting-edge boutique in Le Marais has expanded with a multidisciplinary studio and film division that covers everything from music videos to TV commercials. S2A has a stylish private label and uses up-and-coming French designers to create casual haute pieces for both men and women with a bit of a punk edge, ranging from up market print t-shirts and skinny jeans to fedoras. The social media savvy brand has expanded to New York and Sao Paulo and has even collaborated with rock bands like Kings of Leon, who designed a few pieces for them.

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