Sunday, June 12, 2005

up&coming designer sale in montmartre

those-in-the-know know that there are several up&coming designers in the montmartre area of paris....and the best way to discover them all is coming up at a sale from 16-19 june. check out local favorites such as pamp'lune [for kids], gaspard de la butte [women's fashion], emmanuelle zysman [accessories], anis, patricia louisor, and futurware lab, all on sale! a taste of the sales before the big sales.....

location: paroisse de saint-jean de montmartre [access from the rue andre antoine], place des abesses, 18th arrondisement, from june 16-19.

Friday, June 10, 2005

closing of a paris shopping temple

la samaritaine department store, built in 1905 on the banks of the seine at pont neuf, will be closing for at least 6 years, it announced yesterday. apparently the structure of the building is in such bad shape that it will need 3 years to study the structure and another 3 to update and make renovations. so shoppers beware, as of june 15, you'll have to cross the samaritaine off your list. tant pis-- and just before the sales!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

the soldes!!

Dreaming of investing in a classic French handbag or drooling over a cute little dress in that left bank boutique? This is the time to go bargain-hunting in Paris. Shops, department stores, and boutiques all over France will be celebrating in the soldes, the government-regulated sale period that takes place twice a year. (Note that sale dates differ by region; dates above are specifically for Paris.) Prices are first dropped by 20-30% and decrease as the weeks go by, often ending up at 70% off the original price. Chic Shopping Paris’ advice: get to the stores early for the best selection; try the items on before the sale period (if possible) to save yourself time during the sale; and dress in layers—fitting room lines are often horrendous and shops are often overheated. Bon shopping!

The details: from 24 june to 23 july [about 6 weeks long] at shops, boutiques, and department stores all over Paris