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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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I was looking for the bags I loved and came across this. There's a shop in NYC

http://newyork.splendora.com/review....=Jamin%20Puech
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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There is a great small shop on the Ille St-Louis that sells Handbags and scarves and some accessories. I got a wonderful navy epi leather bag there a few years ago.
Now I go straight to Longchamp or GL for a "name brand"
And then there are the small boutiques in the Marais that carry no name wonderful leather bags in fantastic colors. You just have to keep an eye out for them, just be sure it says Made in France on the label.
Right around rue Bonaparte is a shop that sells clothing and they sell Lancel and some other brands. It is hard not to find lovely bags in Paris
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 01:39 PM
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Scarlett, could you be referring to Le Grain de Sable on 79 Rue Saint-Louis-en-Ile? I bought a sweet little hunter green leather bag in that shop, and they also had scarves and small jewelry item. I'm mad at myself that I didn't buy a scarf there.
 
Old Jan 24th, 2005, 01:53 PM
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I paid no attention at the time to the name, but it is most likely that shop. I will check and let you know in March Just for research, of course!
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 02:45 PM
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Mandarina Duck! This is the first I've heard anyone mention this handbag-I just saw them for the first time in Hong Kong! They're Italian aren't they? The red one I saw was quite lovely!

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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 03:36 PM
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skygirl I think you are right they are Italian. I had a friend get one in Paris last year and it was very nice. She said there was a shop by the Opera.
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 03:45 PM
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This is a very interesting thread on a favorite subject of mine - purses! I will have to print it out and keep it in my Paris trip file for my next visit. I tend to frequent the shops along the Champs-Elysees and would like to find an out-of-the-way place to buy an unique bag. I have since found some designer websites here at home where I can get the same item(s) for considerably less so I usually go that route.
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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JlSayre-I was curious-so I just looked up Mandarina Duck on the net-and sure enough, it is NOT sold in the US-only in Europe, Hong Kong and Japan. And your friend was right-I see there are 2 shops that sell this brand in Paris-one on Rue de la Madeleine (which is near Opera) and the other at 51 Rue Bonaparte. You should check out the website-very futuristic and avant-garde-as one would expect from an Italian design house!
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 06:11 PM
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You know how they say you always regret the one that got away (handbag, that is)?

Well, I saw the most gorgeous handbag in two different colorways--one cool colors, one warm, banded silk--in a little shop on the Ile St. Louis (perhaps the one that Scarlett and dln mentioned). I couldn't make up my mind between the two, so I didn't buy either.

After I thought about it a while, I went back to buy them both, but the shop was closed and we were leaving Paris the next morning.

Woe is me.
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 06:19 PM
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there's another purse thread on the US board. I wish there were a spot only for fashion so that travel and shopping need not overlap.
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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Wait a minute-travel and shopping are integrally related-can't have one without the other!
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 06:45 PM
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oooooh, elle, come here and sit with me! We'll commiserate about our scarves and handbags.
 
Old Jan 24th, 2005, 07:06 PM
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Grandmere...OK. I have the information for you now.Un Apres-Midi de Chien is at 32,rue Etienne Marcel in the 2nd according to what I have written down. I thought it would be the first. And Karine Dupont is at 16, Cherche Midi in the 6th right at the 7th and also at 22, rue de Poitou at metro: Filles du Calvaire in the 3rd.For the person asking about Coccinelle, it's at 336, rue Saint Honore at metro: Concorde. I haven't been to that one. I go to the one in Singapore. The handbags are wonderful. The website is coccinelle.fr and the websites for Un Apres de Chiens are...midiparis.com and dogybagz.com. I don't know where you live, but there's a whole boutique...of Un Apres de Chiens... here on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood just west of La Cienega Blvd housed in a bungalow in a courtyard across the street from Urth Cafe and Tea House. Bloomindales in L.A. and the Valley carries Karine Dupont, but for much more than the Paris price. Happy Travels!
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 07:12 PM
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Just wanted to add that I missed the boutiques for Lancel and Didier Lamarthe. I got a Lancel bag at Galeries Lafayette a few years ago. Last month I got a Lamarthe bag at Au Printemps. No, it's not difficult to find a nice handbag in Paris at all.
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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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Guenmai-Thanks for all the addresses. I will check them out in March. Scarlett and DLN-Thanks for the info on the Ille St. Louis store. This is the type of store I started this thread about. Anyone with "WOW, just stumbled upon a great little store" keep the comments coming. Anyone interested in Lancel, Manderin Duck, Dieder Lamarthe, and yes Longchamp La Vallee Village has stores for all of these brands. And not to get off the topic, but if anyone is going to Paris and is looking for perfume, beauty supplies, or make-up go to Catherine's on Rue Castiglione (there are two stores across the street from one another/go to the one near the Godiva store). It is a family run store that sells name brands like Chanel (I buy my Allure here)with an excellent discount policy. The two sisters, Fanny and Patricia, speak fluent English. And the best catch, I can describe someone's ethnicity, skin tone, and personality to Fanny and she will pick out an excellent perfume or cologne(for my men)for gifts. I have never found one person who hasn't liked what I bought for them. Now I go back to Paris with orders. I get the detax along with the stores regular discount.
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 03:52 AM
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Hi Gang,

I had read on another post somewhere to be careful with perfumes purchased at CATHERINE'S because they have a very short "shelf life." Has anyone else found that experience to be true?
Because I did also hear that French perfumes made for the American market use a different alcohol base than ones for the European market (something about the fact that the potato-based alcohol for Europe gives the perfume much more longevity and/or potency).
Also, have you ladies had good shopping experiences at COLETTE in Paris? Is it a lifestyle store (meaning home furnishings, accessories, etc., in addition to clothing) similar to 10 CORSO COMO in Milan? Do they carry a large selection of French brands?

Thanks for your shopping wisdom!
--Betty
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 06:48 AM
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As far as Lamarthe handbags go, I've bought all of mine at T.J.Maxx here in L.A. and have never paid more than $79.99 for one. They aren't difficult to find. They are very expensive in Paris. There is a selection at Bon Marche Department store in the 7th. As for Mandarina Duck, those were available in L.A. over a decade ago, but must not have done well since they disappeared and now I've only seen them in Europe. I am a handbag collector. Happy Travels!
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Guenmai, I'm another one who loves bags.
I have a Didier Lamarthe wallet and a very small red sort of wallet that is on a leather string to wear around the neck and there's a slot in the back should you choose to wear it on a belt.
There's only room for passport, credit cars and folded money. I bought these many moons ago at Berdorf Goodman.
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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Guenmai and Mimi, thank you for all the addresses, etc. Can't wait to get there, even though I will just be in Paris for a short time. I think I will have 1 good shopping day; maybe it will be devoted to handbags!

Guenmai, we have one shop here in Pgh. that sells Un Apres...from time to time. It carries about 3 bags at any one time. Last year I debated over buying one, and when I went back a few days later to buy it, it was gone. The next week I received it from my daughter for my birthday!
This place is the only one here that sells Herve Chapelier, who, I assume from no comments on site, is demode?
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 10:21 AM
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PARISNOW,
I WILL BE TRAVELING TO PARIS IN MARCH TOO AND CAN WAIT TO GO SHOPPING,LAST YEAR I DISCOVERED THIS BOUTIQUE ON RUE DE RIVOLI IN THE MARAIS,METRO ST PAUL,CALLED ALLISON,THE HAVE THEIR OWN BRAND OF PERFUME,AND MANY HANDBAGS AND SCARVES OF THEIR OWN DESIGN.
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