Cannes is a fantastic place to hunt down the latest sartorial essentials, whether that’s the newest accessory from Victoria Beckham or a tailored dress from a local pret-à-porter range. Here’s our list of the 10 best fashion boutiques in Cannes.
Paule Ka specialises in beautiful and stylish dresses, cardigans, jumpers and accessories. Located on La Croisette Boulevard, where all the high-end fashion houses are situated, Paule Ka was established in 1987 to redefine the ‘little black dress’, as well as offering ‘a complete chic and modern wardrobe’ with an elegant Parisian touch. As you’d expect, it has a lot of branches in Paris as well as numerous shops around the world. In 2012, Paule Ka launched its eyewear collection after the successful launch of its Black Carpet collection in 2010. In 2015, Alithia Spuri-Zampetti took over as the creative force behind the brand.
If your budget doesn’t run into the hundreds, Belair is a good compromise, offering great fashion at more reasonable prices. It’s a Parisian brand with 20 or so branches across the country and a great online store. The clothes are of good quality, on the stylish side and follow the latest trends. It’s also a good place to pick up that essential item in every French wardrobe: a scarf to wrap around your neck.
Situated on La Croisette, this chic boutique has a lovely range of clothes. It’s a Parisian brand that started by specialising in silk dresses with bold prints. It celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. The business was founded by Jacques Leonard with the help of designer Daniel Tribouillard. The designer created a revolutionary new printing press and showed his first collection of jersey dresses to the public in 1968. They chose the orchid as their emblem because it was a delicate flower ‘without geometric limits.’ Today, Leonard Paris is still known for its bold prints and silk jersey dresses which, it says, make every woman feel unique.
Opened in 1997 and spread over three floors, this is the place to bag key brands such as Victoria Beckham, Isabel Marant, Loewe and Maison Margiela. The store looks beautiful and is on the most famous boulevard in Cannes, La Croisette. This is the place to go if you want to look the part for the Cannes Film Festival, or if you just want to feel like you belong in this fashion-forward town.
This boutique is on the chic rue d’Antibes along with many other stylish shops. The brand is actually the combination of Georges Rech, which was founded in 1960 in Paris, and Apostrophe, which was founded in 1968 by Mr and Mrs Hazan to create pret-à-porter clothes for women. The two brands joined forces in 2005. As well as a great selection of fashion essentials, the boutique also showcases trends such as ‘safari chic’ and, of course, some great outfits for special occasions, like the perfect white jumpsuit for networking at the Cannes Film Festival or sipping mojitos on someone’s yacht. Beautiful high-end fashion.
Unlike other Cannes boutiques that specialise in high-end fashion, Chacok started its life on the Côte d’Azur, down the road in Juan-les-Pins. Founder Arlette Decock was a Parisian couturier who worked in film and theatre and decided to move south. She opened a store in Nice and then later in Paris. During the 1980s, she was able to expand internationally. Her ethos is to use strong colours, a mix of rich fabrics, and to have an overall look that lacks conformity. In addition to its store, Chacok has a great online presence and now works closely with the prestigious Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
MyAnnika is a dress shop on the very stylish La Croisette. It was established in 2013 as an online presence and then gained enough of a reputation to open a bricks-and-mortar store. If you’re looking for a red-carpet-ready look, then this is the place for you. It sells every kind of dress – cocktail, bandage, or full-length evening gown – and will always have something to suit a chic evening engagement. And, as the website says, this store will get you ready to mingle with the rich and famous without breaking the bank. What’s not to love?
Le Shop 17 sells everything from high-end jeans and trainers to that special little evening number. It also offers lovely shoes, handbags, and some household items so that your home can look as beautiful as you do. As you’d expect from a shop situated on La Croisette, Le Shop 17 will kit you out in the latest must-haves from Alexander Wang, Marchesa, and Chloé.
Projecteurs is a high-fashion concept store on the famous rue d’Antibes. It showcases new shoes, clothes and bags in a minimalist setting that looks almost as good as the clothes themselves. Preferred brands are Alessandra Rich, Ann Demeulemeester, Antonio Berardi, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Julien David and Marni. On the ground floor, you’ll find the men’s clothing as well as the avant-garde women’s wear – have a look and then head to the coffee zone, where you can also read their concept magazine. Each edition focuses on key high-end fashion houses or celebrated photographers. Upstairs is the luxury designer wear, which can also be rented out for catwalk shows.
Ermanno Scervino is an Italian brand selling high-end fashionable pieces. The designer, Ermanno Daelli (who founded the brand with entrepreneur Toni Scervino) started his career in Paris but went on to study architecture in Italy for a while before settling in Venice. A self-taught designer, he wanted to make the most beautiful clothes in the world. His ethos when he founded Ermanno Scervino in 2000 was to produce luxe couture with a fitted silhouette, specialising in jackets and coats. In 2007, he opened his HQ in Florence. He later expanded to sports clothes and the designer’s offerings now include all clothing items. Scervino has a magazine covering fashion concepts and also a range for children called Junior. You can find the Cannes outlet on La Croisette.