Mon-Sat, 11am-7:30pm; Sun, noon-6pm
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
The coy window display of this Parisian boutique stands in stark contrast to the none-too-subtle exhibitionism of the sex shops that line one of the West Village's tackiest streets. Inside the petite store (typically alight with French banter), blush-toned walls with milky white shelves, miniature bronzed statues of bustled Renaissance women, and black and white photos of the City of Lights relate a classic take on femininity long associated with French chic. The clothing is no different. Ludivine Grégoire, the ex-pat owner, carries a bevy of prized designers for women who favor a refined, romantic Euro-centric style: Vanessa Bruno's gauzy dresses and straight leg pants, Claudie Pierlot's fitted jackets, and Notify denim. With Prairies de Paris flats and a selection of diaphanous unmentionables, ludivine sources French looks that prior to the store's 2005 opening had sparse representation in the city.Extra
A large selection Tsumori Chisato's whimsical tops is also available: Not purely French, but befittingly flirtatious.Sales
The end of season sales promise 30 to 50 percent off the merchandise.