Purse shopping in Paris

Old Nov 29th, 2005, 05:35 PM
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Does anyone know where to find a nice wine tote or backpack in Paris. I plan on bringing back several bottles during my Dec. trip.
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 05:44 PM
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Oooh, purses, my weakness. Are Louis Vuittons as prestigious in France as they are over here? Which lesser-known French designers are comparable in quality to LV, but a bit less expensive?
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Old Nov 30th, 2005, 07:18 AM
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I've bought three Lamarthe and one Lancel purse at T.J. Maxx in Florida. I see Lamarthe there often but Lancel only occasionally.
GL carries Mandarina Duck bags among many others.
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Old Dec 1st, 2005, 07:02 PM
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A Lamarthe and a Lancel in TJ Maxx?!?! Oh dear, I need to visit TJ Maxx more often, I've never found it in the NY store the few times I ventured in...
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 03:57 AM
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Which TJ Maxx in Florida? I live in Miami and have never seen these brands here!
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 07:20 AM
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Gainesville. I've seen Lamarthe several times, but my heart nearly stopped when I saw the first Lancel a couple of years ago (bought it immediately), but have seen only a few since.

I also bought a great Furla bag in the T.J,'s in Venice, Fla.

I have a friend in N.H. who buys Italian designer purses in T.J.'s that I never see here.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 07:25 AM
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A few weeks ago I bought a honey-colored leather purse made in Paris at T.J.'s. The brand is new to me: "VI
Rue Princesse Paris." Anyone heard of it?

The tag reads: "Dreamed in Paris Left Bank for all modern Cinderellas who are Princess at heart."

How could I not buy it?
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 07:50 AM
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Although the OP has been to Paris and back already, another Paris purse shopping rec and I am pretty certain the brand is VERY difficult to find in the U.S., if at all:
Gold Pfeil (it's actually German).
www.goldpfeil.de

They have stores in Paris, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, but not in North America or the UK.

Their Paris store is on 23, Blvd. des Capucines (2nd arrond). I bought my new purse from them (but from a store in Baden-Baden, not Paris). If you click on the web site (click on the arrow first, then on English, then on the Saffiano line, my new purse is the third from the left. I got it in that red color (I always wanted a red purse and it goes surpisingly well with most of my winter clothes). It also has a detachable shoulder strap. VERY well made (in Germany, not in Asia), really comfortable, more expensive than Longchamp or Lancel but less than LV, Chanel, Hermes. The Pochette model (the first one shown in the Saffiano line) is very nice as well. I am happy with it and it's a designer label Germans and Austrians will recognize easily, but isn't so well known elsewhere.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 08:21 AM
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Nice bags but I notice that alot of beautiful German clothes ar not sold here. While in Belgium, I bought a German Vogue. Very impressive.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 08:35 AM
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Ooo...thanks for the suggestion BTilke! I love bags of quality. Anything well made, it doesn't have to have a "name."

Call me a snob, but I willingly admit to running away from anything made in China that's passing as Euro/Western-anything (ie- Kate Spade, and I've checked the labels in Bloomingdales not on the street corner).

I've been looking for a red bag myself, and I think I found one in the Saffiano line
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 09:15 AM
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Oh, I agree about German (and Belgian) clothes. Comfortable, well made, stylish (I find they are more likely to actually make their clothes in Germany), and as I like to say, obviously European without being European obvious (that is, there is something very European about their design, but their brands are not instantly recognizable--or prone to knock-offs).
For pants, my favorite designer is Mayerline, which is Belgian. If I were to splurge for something truly dressy, then my favorite brand would be Natan (also Belgian). My favorite German designer is Rene Lezard (www.rene-lezard.com). Again, virtually impossible to find that brand in the U.S.--it's available primarily in Germany, but also has shops in Vienna and Amsterdam.
It goes against the normal fashion grain, but I think Dusseldorf is one of THE best places to shop for clothes in Europe. I really like that city.

However, whenever I'm back in the U.S., I always hit Nordstroms, Saks, et al, to troll the racks for sales on Dana Buchman. I love her stuff--she makes the best office wear, IMHO.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 04:35 PM
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If I could, I'd buy the two new bags at Smythson of Bond Street,
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:24 PM
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BTilke, That House is Charming and in a very good location surrounded by many of my favorite villages where we have stayed including a goat farm. Lourmarin is nearby and the first Coté Bastide shop is there. Camus is buried there in the village cemetary. You are near the antient three arch Pont Julian. (3 BC)
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 11:01 PM
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Thanks, cigalechanta! It looks very tempting. I read an article profiling her efforts to renovate the mas in a French property magazine (one of the many British pubs dedicated to buying homes in France). As a single woman, she had a tough time...a lot of contractors tried to rip her off, but she persevered. Apparently she owns a restaurant, La Cavette, there as well.

(Sorry, we've gone OT a little, on another, similar thread I asked cigalechanta what she thought of this B&B in Bonnieux, Provence: http://www.letresorcache-luberon.com/ )
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 04:00 PM
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Just an update on Lamarthe bags. I ordered the new "Exception" bag from www.lamartheUSA.com and it's fabulous. Now I can get my Parisian handbag fix at home, though I do love shopping at Bon Marche for them! The website is terrific they have a lot of selection, but the trick is that you have to e-mail them under "CONTACT" if you want to order. I feel like a fashion insider!!!
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 09:39 PM
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It is amazing that this thread is still alive after one year! It goes to show the power of purses!

hi mclaurie and shag:

Surprisingly, I have found better deals on designer bags here in the U.S. than in France or Italy. I saw a Prada bag last year that I wanted to buy in Milano, but at 550,000 euros, I declined. Good thing I did. I came back to the U.S. and bought it at i-globalmall.com for 20% off, plus free shipping. I paid a total of $320 for the exact same bag, with authenticity card, sleeper bag to cover it, etc. Deviating a bit from purses, I bought my sister a pair of Versace jeans for only $19.99 from bluefly.com. I saw the same pants in Rome previously for 75,00 euros. IMO, I can always find a better deal for the same item here in the U.S. as the Europeans just don't know how to truly have a good sale with clearance prices.

There are some other good sites I have used too: deal.com and shopzilla.com. Both have great prices on designer purses, clothing, etc. Shop around and you'll be surprised at the deals you can get delivered right to your door. (That is not to say it isn't fun shopping in Paris or Milan - just go for the sales on items you won't ever see in the U.S.!)
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Old Jan 11th, 2006, 03:39 AM
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Yes this post is still alive. Just back, again, from Paris in Dec.

Marelebo: Was in a store in Paris and saw a "groom" backpack. Loved it but it was not sturdy enough to bring back my wine. I was impressed enough with the bag to place the store on my itinerary for my next trip to Paris. THANKS

This, again, is exactly the reason I started this thread a year ago. Looking for purses that are not sold, or hard to find, in the US that is good quality but not necessarily name brand "although I will make an exception for Lancel." My entire purse collection are "unique" brands purchased in Europe most were purchased for approximately $100 or less. Everyone always makes comments on my handbags like "you always have the cutest/coolest looking bags". And my one response "Paris". Even strangers will stop me and ask where I got my purse. Sure beats people glancing and thinking that I am carrying a fake LV or Coach since their are so many knock offs of these brands flooding the market.

Anyone else with hidden secrets on hard to find/unique or struggling not so famous designers. Let's see how many years we can keep this thread going.
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Old Sep 1st, 2006, 09:49 AM
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I have a questions about purchasing Longchamps bags in Europe. I bought onw when I was living in France and love it because I can use it as an everyday bag. I will be visiting Ireland, London and Croatia this month and want to purchase another bag. Does anyone know if prices at the airports are reasonable or is it best to go to the store where I live in San Francisco. I figure they are probably cheaper in Europe. Any advice? Please
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Old Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:02 AM
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Check out your local store before you leave for style and price. Compare them to the duty free stores while on your trip. This way if you find one cheaper or style that is not at your local store you will know to pick it up. All depends on x-rate these days to get a bargain at duty free.
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