Here is the real first post!
Let me introduce a special shop you have to visit if you ever go to Paris and that you are also interested in cosplay, Lolita and/or gothic fashion and even Asian fashion (mostly Japan and South Korea).
That shop is called “BLACK SUGAR” and is located near the heart of Paris in the Bastille neighborhood at 27 Keller Street in the 11th arrondissement (27 rue Keller 75011 Paris).
From the title of this article, you can guess that the shop is specialized in the cosplay and costumes business. It is constantly growing and now we can include Lolita, gothic/punk and casual Japanese and Korean fashion to its product range.
There are other many shops in that street but BLACK SUGAR is the one you should favor because you can find so many original items in there from quirky to kawaii, gothic and casual among various other styles.
You can find complete outfits for cosplay, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories as well as Lolita and casual clothing. In fact, BLACK SUGAR is the only shop to offer the custom made service for their cosplay outfits. How does it work? You either contact them by mail (see the end of this entry) or go directly to the shop to show the costume you want done and give your measurements. It takes roughly 30 days for the cosplay to be done and you have to pay for it before it is done once you have agreed on the price given.
Like I said before, there are not only cosplay items to be found at BLACK SUGAR. There is also a “darker” section for rock/gothic fashion with clothing, shoes, jewelry. You can find fun accessories like tattoo sleeves or ear cuffs with interesting shapes…etc.
Talking about interesting, the prices are also very interesting! In fact, most of the items offered are very affordable and there is a great price and quality ratio.
As for the means of payment, they accept cash and Visa cards however American Express cards and (traveler’s) checks are a no go! The clerks are very nice but they cannot do anything about that 🙂 Apart from that, you can ask them pretty much everything, advice for the sizes or availability of an item for instance. They are very open and can handle themselves very well in French, English and Mandarin Chinese.
So if you are planning a trip to Paris in the summer or any vacation, and you are looking for:
– An anime school uniform (sailor fuku!!)
– A maid outfit (sexy, cute or both!)
– A type of kigurumi (Pikachu, Stitch, Totoro, Panda, Penguin…etc)
– A tailored costume for an anime/manga/video game character
– Cat, rabbit or fox ears/headbands and even tails…
– Any original fashion item linked to Lolita, gothic and casual Japanese/Korean style
Among many other things, do come to Black Sugar! You won’t be disappointed!
If by any chance you fall in love with too many things and buy too much, you can always pay an extra fee to have it delivered to your address outside Paris and France (ask the clerks for the prices).
And being the good shop it is, its location makes it very easy for you to continue visiting Paris in a “normal” way. You can find it easily on “mappy” and Google Maps.
As mentioned earlier, BLACK SUGAR is in the Bastille metro station neighborhood which is not so far from the heart of Paris “Châtelet”! So you can visit the famous French revolution place or go for some shopping in Châtelet and Le Marais, visit the “Hotel de Ville” and the Pompidou center or simply hop into the metro line 8 at Bastille and head to the Eiffel Tower.
Have fun during your next trip in Paris!
Address: 27 rue Keller 75011 Paris. Bastille station on Métro line 1, 5 and 8 or Ledru Rollin station on Métro line 8.
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday 1:00pm – 7:30pm and on Saturdays 11:00am – 7:30pm. (the shop stays open the whole summer in July and August by the way!)
Phone: +33(0)9 50 72 53 11
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