A small Parisian fashion studio that concentrates on handwork embellishment. Photo, s6056.pcdn

Paris has long been famous as a world capital of fashion and design, but it is also a city with a wealth of exciting design concept stores bursting with products unique to France.  It’s a country and a society with a history of commitment to artisan craft skills, a deep appreciation of the handmade object, innovative use of natural materials and the creative expression of the individual artist or designer.

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Haut Marais logo, Photo, behance

I’m often asked for shopping tips by those off to Paris, especially since many people know I spent about 35 years in the fashion industry.  Where I like to explore isn’t the usual suspects such as St Germain des Pres or the big department stores (although I don’t ignore those).  Instead, one of the first neighourhoods I head to for some fashion retail therapy is the 3rd arrondissement, the Haut (Upper) Marais. 

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Shop ’til You Drop at the Paris Sales!

Les Soldes en Paris. Photo, Paris Shanghai fashion

If, like me, you love to shop, especially if there is the lure of snaring a great bargain,  I’ve got some very useful tips to help you make the most of the whole SALE shopping experience.

One of the great attractions of Paris is the excitement building up to the start of the end of season sales.

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Your Paris SALES Battle Plan

Happy luxury fashion sale shopper. Photo, Chloe Johnson

To make the most of your sales shopping, you need to plan your strategy like a military operation.

Paris offers so much more than the Big Three department stores—Galeries Lafayette, Printemps on the Right Bank, and my personal favourite, Bon Marche on the Left Bank.

Knowing which Paris districts offer the sort of fashion you’re interested in will help you focus and save valuable time.

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