Simply walking into Didier Ludot’s boutiques, nestled under the arcades of the Palais Royal, is a delight in itself. It is also a journey through the history of French haute couture: covering everything from the 1950s Chanel suit; to little Courrèges dresses from the 60s; the evening gowns by Balenciaga, Grès, or Rochas; scarves and leather goods (oooh - the famous Kelly bag!) by Hermès; cocktail dresses by Yves Saint Laurent and Dior; or jewellery boxes from Cartier… The display of precious collector’s pieces is enough to make you dizzy!
Temple of fashion
Here, everything is beautiful and in perfect condition, and what’s more the authenticity of every item is guaranteed. Internationally renowned in his field, Didier Ludot is regularly solicited for professional evaluations of haute couture pieces. He can tell you when any article of clothing was made, spot fakes and estimate an item’s worth. In 2015 he even sold some rare treasures from his collection through the prestigious auction house Sotheby’s, at their request.
His shops on the Galerie Montpensier consists of two juxtaposed boutiques: one clothing oriented, and the other more accessory-focused. Ludot also runs a boutique entirely dedicated to the little black dress, located on the other side of the Palais Royal garden, at 125 Galerie de Valois.