When In Paris, Buy A French Pen....
Posted 30 June 2012 - 15:56
Our family vacation this year was the Normandy coast of France with a few days in Paris. So, I thought since there are no longer any pen stores in Tampa Florida, (I don't count Mont Blanc boutiques...) I would seek out a store in Paris. The first was closed for construction (Mora Stylo) and I was very disappointed but, as we were walking down the Chanselise and stopped at one of the may cafes, I spied a stored named Elysees Stylos Marbeuf on a side street. After consuming our libations, we strolled over to the stylos store (stylos plume is French for fountain pen). It was a cute little shop and the store clerk was very gracious and patient with me and my broken French. I know I paid way to much for a Waterman Hemisphere (60 euro) but, having the opportunity to actually try out a pen before I purchase it was a real treat and to do so in Paris, made the whole experience very special. Frankly, if my wife was not in attendance, I probably would have bought a Dupont pen as well.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 19:27
You can get cheaper online, but then you cannot try the pen, inspect the nib you get etc.
So I guess you had a regular deal and a good experience.
The FPN-Stipula LE 2011 and 2012, too .:
Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:14
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:50
In Paris, I have been to:
- Point Plume, was selling very high-end pens. It was near the Champs-Elysées. When I bought my Waterman Edson there, I felt like I was annoying them with my el-cheapo, which made me stop going there. Expect politeness above 2000€ a piece.
- Gibert Joseph, on Boulevard Saint-Michel. That was a very long time ago, I bought a Pelikan M1000. More a "supermarket" than a "real" pen shop nowadays, but they have choice.
- Styl'Honoré : near the Louvres, very sympathetic and knowledgeable owners. Bought a Stipula T and a Visconti Homo Sapiens there.
- Mora Stylos : near the Jardin du Luxembourg; huge selection, prices often a bit high, but choice is there. I got a Parker Duofold Centennial, a ST Dupont Montparnasse and an Oldwin Classic there.
- La Havane : sympathetic and very helpful owner. I went in to buy a Delta pen they didn't have in stock, they contacted the Delta salesman and I could try the pen 2 days later. I finally didn't take the pen, but I bought a Pelikan M900 Toledo instead. Very nice selection of all the major brands.
- Gibert Joseph : A smaller shop than the one in Paris, the clerks don't know a lot about pens, but are polite and trying to help. I bought my Montblanc 149 there, when they were still selling these pens, and my Parker Sonnet fountain pens.
- Versailles/Parly 2 mall : Le Cigare Et La Plume. The owner is a very sympathetic and helpful person. I bought a Montegrappa Nero Uno, a S.T. Dupont Défi, and nearly all my S.T. Dupont limited editions there. They have a nice selection of Montblanc pens and accessories, S.T. Dupont Pens and accessories, Dunhill, Montegrappa, Cross and Porsche Design pens.
- Versailles/Parly 2 mall : BHV. It's a department store, they have some nice pens, but the clerks changed some years ago, and I stopped going there. There is one BHV in Paris/Hôtel de Ville which is bigger, but I've never been there.
- Another Gibert Joseph : It is hard to find a clerk there, but it is a good place to go during the sales. I found a few Waterman pens with 50% off over the years there.
- the now defunct Point Plume : I only bought one pen here, the Montblanc Poe. The owners didn't give me much respect back in the day, so I never went back.
Here's my experience with the pen shops in the Paris' area.
Edited by olivier78860, 23 November 2012 - 07:51.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:05
I use a RIM PlayBook and a fountain pen.