magical kingdom of french ribbons


The Ribbonerie is wall-to-wall inspiring… The kind of store you imagine stumbling upon, along a tree-lined street, only in San Francisco, California. It is one of the prettiest shoppes in America + is a true world of ephemera + curio, owned by a proprietress possessed by her love of the exquisite– mostly French ribbons of every kind + shape + edging. A kingdom of magic + old world, where antique feathers, passamentry, buttons, ladies gloves, handkerchiefs + daytime hats are very much de’ rigueur.

Stuffed into every imaginable kind of hutch/ shelf/ case/ rack are acres upon acres of grosgrain, silk, taffeta, metallic, velvet, embroidered, appliqué ribbon– in every imaginable color/ width/ stripe/ polka dot/ plaid, and solid. A mesmerizing explosion of possibilities: bows on wedding gowns, bows on gifts, bows as napkin rings, bows on hats, bows on Xmas tree branches + wreaths, bows in hair, bows on Moses baskets + basinets, and bows on invitation + program.

Paulette Knight’s bounty is the secret weapon for many of the great creatives I know: florists/ crafters seamstress/ interior designers/ clothing designer/ event planners– and a MUST visit for anyone looking to be blown away.

photo credit: nicole mcintosh bruce

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6 Responses to magical kingdom of french ribbons

  1. The Ribbonerie is to San Francisco what VV Rouleaux is to London…

  2. Oh I do love ribbons and feathers…thank you for the tip! Looks so whimsical in her shop!

  3. Patty Lyon says:

    Absolutely delightful photos which really do capture the happiness of this respite from reality….and the words tie me all up in knots. So perfect Alexis!

  4. Alexis says:

    Patty + Briget, thanks so much. Paulette is such a super-talent, and just always blow me away. Her store is always tops on my list of must-do for friends visiting SF. We are lucky to have her.

  5. Bob says:

    We love ribbons, paper, millinery in general. The Ribbonerie is a special shop. A few years ago we spent 12 days in Paris and visited some wonderful mercerie shops there as well. Down our way in Los Gatos, Vintages has a wonderful selection as well … but not like the Ribbonerie. Thanks.

  6. Alexis says:

    Bob, goop oops tip, thank you !!!

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