Charvet Place Vendôme

Charvet is a French high-end bespoke and ready-to-wear shirtmaker from Paris, France. Its flagship store, is located at 28 Place Vendôme in Paris. It is famous for its inspiring display of colours, "where the rainbow finds ideas"(Jean Cocteau, La danse de Sophocle, Mercure de France, 1912, p. 133). "Charvet is the greatest artist in creation!" wrote the American painter James McNeill Whistler (Edgar Munhall: Whistler and Montesquiou: The Butterfly and the Bat (1995), p.145, Frick Collection).

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  • The pale tones of shirt and cravat and out-peeping pochette bespoke the genius of the well-known M. Charvet of the rue de la Paix.



  • Telegrams to Poole, Charvet, Briggs, Thomas and Lock, to tell them to send my summer wardrobe on here.


  • Andre started to unhook the pot, burned his fingers, and, after wrapping a Charvet silk handkerchief around its greasy handle, carried it off gingerly ...


  • Shady young men in Charvet shirts sit round the bar repairing with powder-puff and lipstick the ravages of grenadine and crème de cacao.


  • He had brought his presents for them down to breakfast — the Dunhill pipe and the Charvet dressing-gown for Harry ...


  • There was no tallying the gifts of Charvet handkerchiefs [...] that were sent him by ladies too quickly confident...


  • ... the Charvet tie was dashing — black china silk with orange and emerald-green splotches.


  • His necktie was practically what Charvet calls a scarf. I thought maybe he was intelligent.


  • We walked through the Place Vendôme and he asked if I would mind going in to Charvet's for a moment; he had ordered some things and wanted to know if they were ready. It appeared that he was having some vests made, and some drawers, and he was having his initials embroidered on them. The vests had not come in yet, but the drawers were there and the shop assistant asked Elliott if he would like to see them. 'I would', he said, and when the man had gone to fetch them added to me: 'I have them made to order on a pattern of my own'. They were brought, and to me, except that they were of silk, looked exactly like the drawers I had frequently bought for myself at Macy's; but what caught my eye was that above the intertwined E. T. of the initials was a count's crown. I did not say a word. 'Very nice, very nice' said Elliott. 'Well, when the undershirts are ready you'll send them along'. We left the shop and Elliott, as he walked away, turned to me with a smile. 'Did you notice the crown? To tell you the truth, I'd forgotten about it when I asked you to come in to Charvet's'.


  • ... his feet limp in their polished handmade shoes, with a Charvet tie under his double chins and a Paris- monogrammed handkerchief peeping from one sleeve ...


  • Sebastian entered — dove-grey flannel, white crepe-de-Chine shirt, a Charvet tie, my tie as it happened, a pattern of postage stamps.


  • He has— or had— 3000 Charvet neckties ... which is more than Charvet has now.


  • ... a man lying on one of the couches with his coat off and his shirt open over a Charvet scarf you could have found in the dark by listening to it purr.


  • ... his clothes might have cost a lot even if they were badly cut, and his tie, though rather loud, she recognized as a Charvet.


  • I've brought you a tie from Charvet, Daddy." "Is it loud?" "Very." "Good." They were all so pleased with one another that they burst out laughing.


  • I note that my New Yorker's clothes have become duller, and that his haberdashers' has dimmed from Charvet to washable nylon.
    • Ben Hecht, A child of the century (1954), p.368


  • Old Nick had taken out a cambric handkerchief, one of a set of twelve he had bought a year ago, if you call it buying, at the establishment of M. Charvet in Paris...


  • Augustus sat hunched on the sofa, strangely shrunken; even the Charvet dressing gown had an air of ruin.


  • At half past ten, Don Otavio issues from the house, splendid like the moon, all in white silk, his silvery hair brushed upwards, a Charvet tie over his holy shirt, bearing nothing.
    • Sybille Bedford, A Visit to Don Otavio: A Traveller's Tale from Mexico (1960), p.158


  • All he learned — from the clothes — was that the Count was a much-traveled man— shirts from Charvet...


  • ...the idea of calling the society the Purple Cows emanated from Mr. Straight. Monsieur Casenave sent to Paris for purple Charvet dressing gowns with orange collars and cuffs that the male members wore over their suits at meetings ...


  • "I don't know Charvet. I know Jean Goudal." Maurice Sachs switched on more lamps. Charvet is the greatest shirtmaker in Paris, my dear...


  • I sold some more things, a dressing gown and two pairs of Charvet pajamas, and got ready to leave.


  • His Majesty would drink the glass in three or four installments and then eat the strawberries with his fingers, daintily touching up his mustaches with a huge Charvet handkerchief.


  • The simple thing is to consider the French as an erratic and brilliant people, dressed either in blue blouses and berets or trick suits and Charvet ties, who have all the gifts except that of running their country.
    • James Cameron, What a Way to Run the Tribe: Selected Articles, 1948-67 (1968), p.104


  • A mouth wash, half a dexedrine, a morsel of anchovy toast and a Charvet dressing-gown — all in the order named — ...


  • Of course I missed Titina and the children, but I had been granted an experience that more than compensated for the lack of a new Charvet tie...
    • Noel Barber, The Natives Were Friendly, So We Stayed the Night (1977), p.157



  • ... silk dressing-gown and Charvet pyjamas for the murder, and a very natty check lounge suit for the England interludes.
    • Richard Huggett, The Curse of Macbeth, and Other Theatrical Superstitions: An Investigation (1981), p.160


  • Armand was wearing striped silk pajamas, purchased at Charvet, and the somewhat oversize Russian collar gave him more than ever the look of a plucked bird.



  • "Watch out! I cried- and a column of vomit fell diagonally across his bed. Look what you've done to my Charvet dressing-gown!


  • For Julian, making love to each new leading lady was as easy as tying his Charvet tie.


  • ... Hocken in the village turned a white-dotted navy silk Charvet dressing gown into "a best dress" for Sunday.


  • All the while Horowitz felt himself under close scrutiny. The collar of his very expensive Charvet shirt felt tight suddenly.
    • Henry Denker, Mrs. Washington and Horowitz, Too (1993), p.174


  • I dressed the part to perfection: old but good houndstooth jacket, Jermyn Street shirt and Charvet tie — red, just to be mischievous ...


  • Every Christmas Alec received a tie from Charvet and a check drawn on a bank he had never heard of.


  • Absently, he picked up a gayish tie that was laid out beside a heavy silk shirt. 'Charvet' said the label. Where had he read of Charvet?


  • You should always carry a handkerchief. Two, even. One for show and one for blow, my father, the ambassador, used to say. Here. Charvet, Paris. You can keep it. Nice color, don't you think? Go ahead, cry. No one's looking. Get it out of your system. I think it's marvelous to cry.


  • The sun was very hot, so I took off my coat. It got hotter still, so I took off my shirt. It went on getting hotter, so I took off my vest and my pants, and there I was, my dear, practically in the nude, apart from a dainty little number by Charvet, which cost the earth considering that nobody ever sees it...


  • ... the richest-looking ensemble he possessed: a navy hard-finished worsted suit with pinstripes, nipped at the waist, a tab-collared shirt with a white collar and spaced-out pale-blue stripes on the shirtfront, a solid French-blue crepe de chine silk necktie from Charvet in Paris...


  • He stopped in the Charvet shop and bought a dozen shirts and neckties [...] instructing that his old clothing be discarded.


  • At seven o'clock he took a shower and put on a clean white shirt and a Charvet tie — a gift from a grateful client.


  • In Liechtenstein, the plumage of an international business man - the Kiton double-breasted suit, the Hermes tie, and the Charvet shirt — was protective coloration, nothing more.


  • We'll get you dressed up in the finest dark suits and white stiff collars — no color except for a gorgeous Charvet tie ...


  • ...Charvet, the legendary chemisier opposite the Ritz hotel. He could happily have lived in Paris forever. He did not know where he had acquired such tastes.


  • ... the dinner guests were undoubtedly rail-thin young things in perfect Boldini-portrait tailored frock coats and Charvet floppy bow ties.


  • Mitchell wore a gray Savile Row suit and a Charvet oxford so tightly woven it shimmered like mica.
    • Jeremiah Tower, California Dish: What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution (2004), p.36


  • ...nor by the hundred-dollar pink Charvet shirts from Paris he could ill afford on the clerk's salary he earned at the French embassy in Knightsbridge.


  • "I want you to wear something conservative and elegant, made by a gentile tailor." Rothstein gave him hundreds of neckties from the house of Charvet ...
    • Nick Tosches, King of the Jews: The Greatest Mob Story Never Told (2006), p.233

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