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Paris shopping report.

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I recently came back from a one week vacation in Paris. It was my first time in Paris and besides seeing ALL the touristy places I managed to get a little shopping in. I though I'd share some of my shopping experiences there. The first stop for any tourist shopper is either Printemps or Galeries Lafayette on Haussmann blvd. Both are huge department stores which carry higher-end brands. Both also market aggressively to the tourists, including offering a 10% discount card. However, the discount is only for regular-priced items. Even it was sale season, and most things actually were on sale, the prices were still fairly high. Maybe it's just the high Euro. I don't think there was anything in either store that couldn't be found cheaper elsewhere ie. in smaller shops. I stopped by Albaladejo Shoes on ave de l'Opera. The main person there is Miguel. There was also a very helpful young woman whose name I can't remember. Both don't speak much English but fortunately my wife speaks French. The shoes are very, very nice and are reasonably priced at around 300 Euros. Most of the styles are fairly classic. Like I said, the regular shoes look very nice, but he also had on display some shoes with a finish that was absolutely outstanding. Antiquing, I guess it would be called? How he does this is of course a proprietary secret. Miguel says that he's able to do it for most models he has available. It costs an extra 50 Euros and takes two days. After comparing the shoes with and without the finish I think it's definitely money well spent. In fact, there's not many excuses for not getting the finish; it is that impressive. They also had a selection of women's shoes. The saleswoman was very helpful in that she brought out ALL the models in my wife's particular size to try on. How do I explain to my wife that a high-quality $300 shoe is better than her usual glued-together, pleather $100 department store shoes?? Miguel also confirmed that Albaladejo produces women's shoes for Edward Green. "Edward who?" my wife asks. Anyways, I purchased a pair of reddish-brown double-soled Norwegian-front(?) split-toe shoes. Of course I got the extra finish on the shoes. It looks amazing. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the shoes as well as the service at ALbaladejo. BTW, they don't have a catalog or much of a web presence, but Miguel tells me both will be up by September. I came by a shoe shop Shipton & Heneage on Raspail. Very nice shoes. The salesman told me that most of the models are produced by Crockett & Jones and that a few of them were by Sargent. The prices were 250-350 Euros, and were cheaper than similar-appearing shoes at the C&J shop. I bought a very nice oxford, the Bedford. Same models in the shop as on their website shipton.fr. Just some brief notes on other places: La vallee outlet (It's out near Paris Disney and we were visiting there anyways): Not many stores. Prices not that great for an outlet. Nothing really interesting. John Lobb, Berluti, Kiton, Dunhill: nice stuff to look at in the windows but I was too embarassed wearing my tourist-clothes to actually go in. Louis Vuitton: This place is nuts. It's a small shop near where the main shop is being renovated. There was a lineup going all the way out the door. I'm not kidding. We stopped in and asked if they was a sale going on or something. There wasn't. I guess I'd charge those high prices too if people are lining up to pay what they're asking. Consignment shops: Ridiculously overpriced for very used goods. Think smelly, OLD, scuffed-up, soles-worn-down-to-cork John Lobbs for 500 Euros. OK, that's enough from me. Any comments especially from those more familiar with the above Paris shops are welcome.
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Louis Vuitton:  This place is nuts.  It's a small shop near where the main shop is being renovated.  There was a lineup going all the way out the door.  I'm not kidding.  We stopped in and asked if they was a sale going on or something.  There wasn't.  I guess I'd charge those high prices too if people are lining up to pay what they're asking.
Were there a large number of Japanese? Apparently one can only buy a specific number of bags there since if they don't impose that the boutiques would run out of merchandise. The Rue de la Paix Dunhill is a very fine store.
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Were there a large number of Japanese? Apparently one can only buy a specific number of bags there since if they don't impose that the boutiques would run out of merchandise.
Omigosh, I now understand what some guy was trying to tell me.... While walking along the street near the LV store, my wife and I were practically accosted by a Japanese man and his family. He tried to tell us, in broken English, that there was a limit of one something or other at the LV store, and would we please buy one for him. We didn't understand him at the time, so we walked away. Wow, I guess LV is in so high demand among the Japanese that they would offer a wad of cash to a complete stranger to buy some bag. And yes, the store was mainly full of Japanese customers. BTW, the main LV store undergoing renovations is already looking impressive, at least from the outside. The outside walls are shaped like gigantic LV monogrammed bags. They were just installing these 20-foot buckles this past week. It'll probably become a Paris landmark, at least for high-spending image-conscious women
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(LabelKing @ 16 July 2004, 2:56) Were there a large number of Japanese? Apparently one can only buy a specific number of bags there since if they don't impose that the boutiques would run out of merchandise.
Omigosh, I now understand what some guy was trying to tell me.... While walking along the street near the LV store, my wife and I were practically accosted by a Japanese man and his family. He tried to tell us, in broken English, that there was a limit of one something or other at the LV store, and would we please buy one for him.  We didn't understand him at the time, so we walked away.  Wow, I guess LV is in so high demand among the Japanese that they would offer a wad of cash to a complete stranger to buy some bag.  And yes, the store was mainly full of Japanese customers. BTW, the main LV store undergoing renovations is already looking impressive, at least from the outside.  The outside walls are shaped like gigantic LV monogrammed bags.  They were just installing these 20-foot buckles this past week.  It'll probably become a Paris landmark, at least for high-spending image-conscious women  
Those crazy Japanese *shakes head*. koji
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I bought some clothes from a Gap-like chain of stores called "Celio" back in 1997 in Paris. That stuff has stood the test of time very, very well -- much better than anything I've seen at your run-of-the-mill stores here in the U.S. I just came in from the pool (took an early leave from the office today to get some sun) where I laid out on my Celio towel I bought way back then...
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La vallee outlet (It's out near Paris Disney and we were visiting there anyways): Not many stores. Prices not that great for an outlet. Nothing really interesting. I do not agree. It is a matter of luck. Here I purchase : 3 pairs of PUMA with 60% off, 9 cachemire sweaters with 80% off, Many braces and ties from Faconnable with 80% off my DUNHILL luguage with 65% off 2 cachemire jackets with 93% off.......... 2 pairs of DUnhill cufflinks with 40% off You can also find a Tirwhytt shop with 40% off and many other nice stuffs.
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fkl118 Thanks for your report on Paris. Paris is not a town where one can expect to find much in the way of products whose quality justifies every penny of the price paid. Albaladejo is the rare exception. Did you have a chance to look at the cordovan shoes? They just introduced a chukka boot in cordovan that is particularly good looking. I saw it recently in the store in a dark blue cordovan. Did you visit Old England and see the Edward Green collection there? Cheers
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I like the Celio stuff aswell. I got a sweater as a gift 10 years ago and it served me very well untill my dog ate it . It was a sad day... B
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fkl118 Thanks for your report on Paris. Paris is not a town where one can expect to find much in the way of products whose quality justifies every penny of the price paid. Albaladejo is the rare exception. Did you have a chance to look at the cordovan shoes? They just introduced a chukka boot in cordovan that is particularly good looking. I saw it recently in the store in a dark blue cordovan. Did you visit Old England and see the Edward Green collection there? Cheers
Yes, I did have a look at the cordovan shoes.  I take it Albaladejo is known for cordovan shoes given the sign in the shop window. Very beautiful shoes, unfortunately out of my price range. I also did go into Old England briefly (I guess I did more shopping than I had thought. )  Their collection of Edward Greens was most impressive.  Wall-to-wall-to-wall of great shoes.  I felt like I was in a museum;  my wife can go to the Louvre while I look at the EG's at Old England The Reebok walking shoes I had on were trembling in their presence.  I wish I had taken a picture of the place.  Unfortunately, they were out of my price range including the ones on sale for 485 Euros.
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fkl118 Thanks for your report on Paris. Paris is not a town where one can expect to find much in the way of products whose quality justifies every penny of the price paid. Albaladejo is the rare exception. Did you have a chance to look at the cordovan shoes? They just introduced a chukka boot in cordovan that is particularly good looking. I saw it recently in the store in a dark blue cordovan. Did you visit Old England and see the Edward Green collection there? Cheers
I did not know albaladejo and I live in Paris. I will do and see.
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