Destination shopping tours: In Paris and New York City

Renee Minus White | 4/16/2015, 11:05 a.m.
Imagine traveling to New York City or Paris with a planned tour of all your favorite shops and meeting some ...

Imagine traveling to New York City or Paris with a planned tour of all your favorite shops and meeting some of your favorite designers. CJ Tours, a full service Parisian fashion and beauty shopping tour operator and online boutique, will handle all of the details of just that sort of trip for you. The idea was co-founded by Chloe Johnson and her mother and business partner, Mary Ann Hawrylak. Although she lives in Philadelphia, Johnson travels back and forth to Paris. Her goal is to make sure you have a wonderful shopping experience, whether you are traveling to Paris or New York City.

Johnson is American-born, speaks French fluently and maintains a flat in Paris’ 7th arrondissement. After conducting in-depth research on the city’s apparel, beauty and accessory boutique offerings, she founded CJ Tours in 2011. The mother-daughter team developed a unique portfolio of Parisian shopping options, tours and routes. Their idea of accompanying travelers and tourists on shopping expeditions caught on quickly among individuals, as well as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends visiting Paris for all types of occasions. She has a BS degree in sociology and an MBA in fashion entrepreneurship from LIM College in New York City. She prides her business on creating lasting memories.

CJ Tours is made up of a talented, international team of professionals. They will customize your trip to Paris or New York City to suit your needs, introduce you to designers and take you directly to their boutiques or showrooms. You can choose full- or half-day shopping tours. CJ Tours also launched their online boutique. The idea of providing women in the U.S. with their uniquely curated collections of gems, cutting-edge fashion and beauty products directly from Paris opened their market.

Prices for her service usually start at $250, depending on the customized details of your tour. One of her most luxurious requests was for a dress worn by Josephine Baker. Her business is online, and CJ Tours does most of its business in the travel, fashion and lifestyle categories.

CJ Tours offers fashion tips, shows you where to purchase the latest fashions and gives advice on what looks best on you. They shop vintage looks, accessories and high-fashion looks, too. Online you will see their “Looks of the Month,” like the Versace printed jacket that is even more stylish when it’s worn backwards with a pair of skinny Siste’s Antoinette pants. April’s look is inspired by the 1980s.

In addition to shopping tours, CJ Tours works on visual merchandising displays, especially for boutiques and store windows. They offer tips to help you grow your business and work with students who are interested in the fashion business, giving them behind the scenes tours at top designer houses.

So if you are looking for a new shopping and traveling experience, Johnson is a perfect tour guide. She knows where to find those out-of-the-way vintage shops, appointment-only designers and even bridal dresses. For more information, visit chloejohnston.com.