Vive la France! In the spirit of Bastille Day tomorrow, here are our top French fashion and beauty picks from across the precinct.

Bastille Day is France’s National Day, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale, when the oldest and largest military parade in Europe is held on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Here in the depths of an Auckland winter, it’s a great excuse (and we only need a little push) to eat crêpes, wear stripes and treat ourselves in the name of a beautiful culture. A day for saying oui to all things romantic and indulgent – here are our French faves available at Britomart.



WORLD is an Aladdin’s cave of beauty treasures where a collection of exclusive, historic and artisan fragrances sit next to exquisite French candles. Discover French fragrance houses such as Cire Trudon, Amouge, Atelier des Ors, Histoires de Parfums, Le Galion and P.Frapin & Cie.

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FABRIC was founded by kiwis Simon Miller and Marty Andrews who buy mainly from Paris and who hold value quality above the virtue of a passing fad. You’ll find brands such as Maison Kitsune, A.P.C., Ètudes and Harmony stocked in this taste-makers paradise.



Designer shoe boutique Lineage is a must-visit for footwearphiles, filled with fashionista Jennie Loo’s hand-selected range of high-end European labels, including La Maison Robert Clergerie. A French heritage brand, Robert Clergerie has roots dating back to 1895 and is celebrated for its unique reinterpretation of classics.

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For a slice for Paris right in the heart of Britomart, look no further than CHANEL’s fragrance and beauty boutique. The lofty space features original brickwork and Kauri timber floors – a distinctively ‘new world’ take on the presentation of luxury goods.



You’ll find a selection of France’s finest breton stripes at Karen Walker. Founded in 1889, Saint James is the epitome of ‘mode de marine’, specialising in this French wardrobe staple.



With its fresh, interesting collection of high-end fashion labels and unique vintage-glamour feel, MADE is a store with a charm all its own. Discover labels such as Maison Kitsune, Lacoste, A.P.C., La Panoplie and AMI.



Inspired by the traditions of Provence, L’Occitane products embody a true ‘art de vivre’ – a celebration of the pleasures of life. From lavender, almond to vanille – now you too can smell like a true Parisian.



Kiwi brand Zambesi also stocks a stellar range of foreign imports including French fashion powerhouses, Maison Margiela and Vetements.