Your Guide to the Absolute Best Fashion Bookstores on This Planet

Kristen Bateman
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Everyone knows nothing looks better on a coffee table than a stack of gorgeous books—just check Instagram for proof. And while you could easily curate your own collection in a matter of clicks on Amazon, you’d be seriously missing out on the experience of visiting the many gorgeous bookstores that specialize in fashion titles, ranging from written biographies or photo-heavy tomes.

The next time you’re in the market for a stylish read or hard-to-find fashion magazine, consider making a trip to one of these bucket-list-worthy bookstores around the world.

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Rizzoli New York

Rizzoli’s flagship store in New York sells and publishes some of the most visually striking tomes around, from monographs dedicated to fashion designers and photographers to cultural books on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian (Selfish), in an open, gorgeous space.

7L, Paris

This Parisian bookstore is actually owned by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. It’s worth making a pit stop here, close to most of the major museums, for great books on design, art, and fashion, as well as a small selection of indie magazines.

Idea Books, London

Hidden in a corner inside London’s Dover Street Market (a.k.a. the coolest concept store around), Idea Books is truly a hidden gem. The selection may be small, but Idea specializes in rare, hard-to-find fashion and art books ranging from Juergen Teller’s early tomes to forgotten magazines from another era. If you don’t have plans to hop across the pond anytime soon, Idea also has its own section in Dover Street Market’s New York store. Follow the store on Instagram to see what’s new.

Assouline, New York

Like Rizzoli, Assouline publishes and sells some of the most beautiful (and informative) books on fashion. The New York location, inside the Plaza Hotel, has shelves lined with coffee-table books that are beyond drool-worthy.

Kinokuniya, New York

Technically, Kinokuniya isn’t a fashion bookstore (it’s first and foremost Japanese). But it has one of the best selections of fashion books—ranging from design how-tos for serious DIYers to autobiographies and hard-to-find coffee-table books—in all of New York. Don’t miss the fantastic area of Japanese magazines, featuring some of the best street-style inspo ever.

The Fashion Bookstore, Los Angeles

Consider it your ultimate destination for everything fit to print when it comes to fashion. This California mecca aims to sell the broadest range of fashion informational material in the world, though it’s mostly suited for someone looking to start a fashion line. The bookstore welcomes new designers with open arms, with everything from Pantone color archives to books on how to find the right factory or source materials. It also stocks magazines and rare tomes that would appeal to mere enthusiasts.

Around the World Fashion Publications, New York

Hands down, this is a magazine lover’s paradise. It sells every fashion magazine from around the world that you could possibly imagine. And, if you’re looking for a special back issue that’s no longer sold on newsstands, Around the World usually has it.

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