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16 of the World's Greatest Fashion Museums

The best clothes are made with the best materials. About 108 miles west of Paris is Alençon, a small town famed around the world for its lace production—so famed that a museum dedicated to its history and craftsmanship has become one of the town’s tourism anchors. There, you can see the distinctive needlepoint lace that made duchesses come to Alençon for their wedding dresses and a still-active room where women make the lace today by hand and will demonstrate their craft for visitors.—L.M.

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16 of the World's Greatest Fashion Museums

The Simone company makes handbags for contemporary labels such as Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch. In addition to exhibiting these designs, its museum, which opened in 2012, takes a historic approach to the handbag, displaying examples from as far back as the 15th century. Also: The building is shaped like a purse.—S.S.

from Condé Nast Traveler

16 of the World's Greatest Fashion Museums

The best clothes are made with the best materials. About 108 miles west of Paris is Alen�on, a small town famed around the world for its lace production�so famed that a museum dedicated to its history and craftsmanship has become one of the town�s tourism anchors. There, you can see the distinctive needlepoint lace that made duchesses come to Alen�on for their wedding dresses and a still-active room where women make the lace today by hand and will demonstrate their craft for visitors.�L.M.