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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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PARISNOW,I WILL BE IN PARIS I MARCH TOO,I CAN WAIT TO DISCOVER LITTLE BOUTIQUES OVER THE CITY.
LAST YEAR WALKING THRU THE MARAIS I HAPPEN TO SEE THIS ONE CALLED ALLISON,AND THE HAVE THEIR OWN BRAND OF BAGS AND A WONDERFUL PERFUME BY THAT NAME,THE STORE IS ON RUE DE RIVOLI,METRO ST PAUL, JUST ONE BLOCK EAST ON THE SOUTH SIDE.
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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 03:37 PM
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Betty070- I have had a large bottle of Allure REAL perfume oil, not eau de perfume, from Catherine's. I have had it for over two years and still have 3/4 of the bottle left because you just use a dab. I still get compliments when I wear it. Perhaps the person who made the comment about shelf life didn't know alot about perfume. Everybody's body chemistry is different. I can wear two different eau de perfumes and one will last all day and one will last a few hours. And yes, Europe uses a potato alcohol which makes it stronger and last longer. Anything that is made there but intended for export to U.S. has to meet our import regulations and we have different alcohol requirements. Hope this helps.
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Old Jan 26th, 2005, 05:06 AM
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Grandmere-Was just at the L'Occitane store. They had little Herve bags on sale. Store manager saw me looking at them and stated "You are the only one in this city that gets it!" I guess that is why they are on sale. I prefer La Bagagerie nylon bags over Herve. More stylish and my opinion better quality. I bought a nylon laptop bag, with a large "signiture" clasp, for one of my employees for a college graduation gift. She just got a job in Chicago at a major accounting firm. She said she is getting alot of inquiries about the bag. My goal is to find "unique" quality handbags and not be "in" carrying the same bag as everyone else. If I see another Coach bag in the midwest....uhh.
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Old Jan 26th, 2005, 06:11 AM
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Yes, I bought a teensy Herve bag on sale here at the Pgh. Occitane a couple of weeks ago.

But must move on now to Bagagerie or Karine Dupont. I emailed daughter and DIL the websites and told them we are on to another line now! I like to bring them back a bag when I travel to Paris. In fact, the first time we discovered HC, my daughter was with me, and we spent so many hours in the shop making decisions. Her husband was very patient with us! Her father is not so patient, so I will have to shop more quickly this trip!

Thanks for keeping me updated on the ins and outs of Parisian handbags!
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Old Jan 26th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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Huitres, would appreciate if you would share the websites you have for purchasing here
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Old Jan 26th, 2005, 07:12 AM
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parisnow: Thanks for explaining about CATHERINE'S, etc. I was also concerned because I had bought an eau de toilette in CARTHUSIA in Capri, Italy. Lately, they've been selling CARTHUSIA'S scents in Barney's (NYC). Out of curiosity, I tested the Barney's selections of the scents and I could really tell a difference between what I had brought back from Italy and what was available here locally.
It just made me wonder, that's all...
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Old Jan 27th, 2005, 03:53 AM
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Bettyo-One important thing I forgot to mention. I've been told light and sunlight effect the shelf life of perfume. I leave my everyday perfume out on bathroom shelf, but my evening out bottles stay in their original box.
Grandmere- Suggestion, give the hubby a newspaper/mag., place him in a cafe with coffee/drink while you go purse shopping in the store next door. Works for me as long as I don't spend hours in the store. If checking out La Bagagerie go to the one on left bank, Rue de Rennes(?). It has a larger selection and a backroom with luggage/briefcases/and more leather selection. There is a store near Madeline and a counter at Galleries but not as wide of a selection.
Guenmai-Why do the TJ Maxx's on East and West coast get all the good stuff! Midwest TJ Maxx's never get anything good and about 1000 of the same thing...junk.
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Old Jan 27th, 2005, 09:50 AM
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To Parisnow...I don't know why we get such great merchandise in L.A. County/Orange County...probably because we are serious shoppers. There was a shopping poll taken a few years ago, can't remember what magazine, and L.A. was voted, by those polled, the best place to shop, in the U.S., for bargains and selection. Once I was in Texas,on a visit, about 2 years ago, and stopped into three T.J.Maxx stores and it was scary. We really do get amazing stuff. I've gone about every week, for over a decade, to just check things out. I even bought the largest-sized Tumi suitcase for my mom, two years ago, for less than $250.My best friend and I bought Kipling luggage, two years ago. We bought each piece for $49.99 and these were pieces priced at about $150 or more.Plus we have so many T.J.Maxx stores. I've been to 15 different locations, throughout the years, and there are many more than that. Happy Travels!
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Old Jan 27th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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I like the gallery Lafayette for 2 reasons. It is easy to get the vat refund from them and they often have those 5% off cards (we got one at the hotel on a map). That said they also do have a good selection. We went to another very nice discount store which had a great selection near to Gallery Lafayette..I can't remember the name, but their prices weren't really better. We also hit the Herve Chapelier store near to St. Sulpice.
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Old Jan 27th, 2005, 10:24 PM
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Does anyone know any way to buy Hermes bags at a discount- new or used?

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Old Jan 28th, 2005, 05:44 AM
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Cparris, I agree; if you can find what you want at GL, you do save money. Trouble is, esp. with handbags, that they just have a few of each designer, and if you fall in love with something at a ,eg, Longchamps store, you may not find the same thing at GL.

But I know I paid less there for an Anne Fontaine blouse, Catamini baby clothes, and Occitane products than I would have at their boutiques throughout the city.

With time limitations, it's kind of hard to "comparative shop", I find.

But it's all fun, alas!
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Old Jan 28th, 2005, 06:52 AM
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Shag, check in at this site time to time the bags show up. You can see the envelope style one that is sold. I tried to late to buy it
It's the only place I trust for high end merchandise.
http://www.nvo.com/louisvuitton/faqaboutus/
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Old Feb 17th, 2005, 06:05 AM
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Does anyone know if there is a longchamp store at La Vallee
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Old Feb 17th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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I've been inspired from reading this post!

Going to Paris for the first time early April and would love to bring back a wonderful handbag or two! (did so in Italy and still get many compliments on it). Given the exchange rates with the euro, is it possible to get any good deals? What approx. cost range am I looking at???
I'm not really looking for a name brand, just something unique and nice quality. Thanks.
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Old Feb 18th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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alicia- DON'T quote me but when I was there in May of 2004, the Lamarthe store carried two brands. I think the second brand was either Longchamp or Mandarine Duck. If you are considering going to La Vallee Village they do have a website that translates into English. It list all the stores that are there.
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Old Feb 18th, 2005, 11:49 PM
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kimberly-you can get all sorts of purses/bags in all price ranges in almost every corner of Paris. I prefer leather that is made in France or Italy regardless if it is name brand or not. Actually my favorite purse is a no name stylish black leather purse made in France that I bought at Catherines in their window. I just love finding the little mom and pop stores in Paris vs the tourist shops, that is why I started this thread.
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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 02:04 AM
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Be still my heart with Longchamp bags. I think I am up to 7 or 8 now. Can't seem to stop buying them. Found a Longchamp store in St Maarten but didn't see anything I wanted. I am waiting until May when I am in Barcelona to check out the store there for a another new spring bag....lol

As for Catherine's, I have never found anything bad. I love Fanny, she has such a fantastic nose for what scent is perfect for you. In all my visits, I always stop to say hello.

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Old Nov 25th, 2005, 10:51 PM
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Great news for lovers of Lamarthe. I just searched for Lamarthe on the web--love their bags (have four of them from various trips to Paris)--and I found their new American website!!! It's LamartheUSA.com and it's opening in 3 days!!!!! Check it out.
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Old Nov 26th, 2005, 06:51 AM
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Thanks for the info! I think I have to add another day to my trip just for purse shopping.
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Old Nov 26th, 2005, 12:56 PM
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I love a store called "grooms" on Rue Cherche di Midi. Wonderful selection and you cannot buy them in the United States
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