Remember when a woman was simply not dressed unless she wore a hat? Help bring back those times by patronizing this shop, which makes hand-blocked, stylishly trimmed hats. Think you aren't a hat person? The experts here can take one look at any head and face and find the right style to fit it. Expensive, but works of art often are. They will also stay open late and even bring in champagne for special parties! Additionally, you can find decades' worth of experience in their ever-changing collection of vintage gowns. The 1920s and 1930s elegance on display constantly brings us to our knees with covetousness.
On September 4th, 2005, in the wake of the levee failures and catastrophic flooding triggered by Hurricane Katrina, author Mark Childress ("Crazy in Alabama") wrote a New Orleans tribute essay for the front page of the New York Times Sunday Styles section. An excerpt:
Here are 22 reasons America needs New Orleans, the national capital of eccentricity:
1. The turtle soup at Galatoire's is presented in a white porcelain tureen, then ladled into your bowl by a waiter who reveals with a wicked smile that the turtle's name was Fred.
2. The hats in Fleur de Paris, a shop on Royal Street, are perfectly frivolous and ridiculous, beautiful visions of silk and lace.
It has often been said that it is the accessories that make the outfit. Never has that been more stylishly true than at Fleur de Paris. Located just around the corner from St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter, Fleur de Paris offers visitors style from head to toe...literally. According to the shop's head milliner, "The whole idea, no the whole truth, of New Orleans and the South as being romantic, elegantly retro, decadent, and feminine is perfectly illustrated by Fleur de Paris."
Every now and then, a friend's mother used to proclaim: "I'm having a hat attack!" Then she'd go out and buy one. There are ladies like that who live in New Orleans today, and plenty of them.
Fleur de Paris has been featured in many print articles and television news features.