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Shopping in Paris: cheap thrills

BAG PARISIAN LUXURY FOR LESS

Several great Parisian fashion designers have opened outlet stores in Paris where their collections are sold a year after they have first come out- usually at half price. In the Marais, the boutique of Azzedine Alaïa welcomes clients in its little shop rue de Moussy  The stock is renewed regularly and includes clothing, shoes and accessories by the famous Tunisian designer.

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Another renowned international label is Sonia Rykiel, which has long been popular with fans at its large outlet boutique in the 14th arrondissement. The previous year’s collections can be found at knock-down prices: knitwear, black, etc. Created in 1956 for Brigitte Bardot, the ultra famous Repetto ballerina pumps still disappear quickly on arrival in the shop Côté danse de Repetto. You’ll also find moccasins, boots, trainers and other end-of-series footwear sold at 40 to 50% discount.

For children’s wardrobes, go to the Bonpoint clearance shop, the upscale elegant and classic brand that has been dressing 0-16s since it was founded in 1975. You’ll find printed blouses, thick woolly pullovers, velvet trousers, sheepskin items and other items from the previous year reduced by 30%.

BONPOINT DISCONTINUED ITEMS 42 rue de l’Université, Paris 7th
Tel +33 (0) 1 40 20 10 55

CÔTÉ DANSE de REPETTO 24 rue de Châteaudun, Paris 9th
Tel +33 (0) 1 53 32 84 84

LA PETITE BOUTIQUE AZZEDINE ALAÏA 18 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4th
Tel +33 (0) 1 42 72 83 19

SR STORE (SONIA RYKIEL) 64 rue d’Alesia, Paris 14th
Tel +33 (0) 1 43 95 06 13

And you’ll enjoy rich pickings at  second-hand shops and multi-label outlets

Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, Versace, Vuitton … all the great designers are at Réciproque, the biggest second-hand shop (700 m2, 6 boutiques) in Paris. Opened in 1978, this temple of second-hand luxury puts perfect articles on sale every day (clothes, lingerie, leatherwear, jewellery, scarves, etc.) at affordable prices.

Les Ginettes also specializes in upscale clothing, accessories, objects and modern and vintage furniture. On Saturday, this charming shop with its open beams and stonework offers its clients mint tea in its lounge area.

In the picturesque Vivienne covered shopping arcade, prestigious labels (Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Max Mara) are regularly found at La Marelle. For some 30 years now, this friendly  second-hand store has been carefully selecting virtually new models as well as end-of-series articles sold with reductions of up to 75%.

At Violette et Léonie, in the Marais, you’ll find chic and trendy fashion at all prices. Recent clothing, bags, jewellery, glasses, etc., range from Zara to Agnès b., and from Chanel to The Kooples, discounted by up to 70% of their original price.

Half an hour away from Paris by RER train, and near to Disneyland® Paris, La Vallée Village has 100 luxury boutiques (Céline, Baccarat, Longchamp, Lancel, Kenzo, etc.) offering year round reductions and tax refunds. Recently, 20 new boutiques (Paul & Joe, Éric Bompard, Sonia Rykiel, etc.) have arrived to further expand the brands on offer at the village.

To the north of Paris, Quai des Marques operates on the same lines. Some 400 brands (sport, ready-to-wear, lingerie, tableware, etc.) are sold at knock-down prices in 95 shops in a huge shopping centre.

Marques Avenue also offers 75 shops of major brands for fashion, sport and home decor (Tara Jarmon, Ventilo, Weill, Zapa…) in a shopping centre a few minutes from Paris.

LA MARELLE 25 galerie Vivienne, Paris 2nd
Tel +33 (0) 1 42 60 08 19

LA VALLEE VILLAGE Serris Tel +33 (0) 1 60 42 35 00 www.lavalleevillage.com

LES GINETTES 4 rue du Sabot, Paris 6th Tel +33 (0) 1 42 22 45 14 www.lesginettes.net

MARQUES AVENUE  L’Île Saint-Denis Tel +33 (0) 1 42 43 70 20 www.marquesavenue.com

MARQUES AVENUE 9 quai du Châtelier, l’Île Saint-Denis Tel +33 (0) 1 42 43 70 20 www.marquesavenue.com

QUAI DES MARQUES Franconville Tel +33 (0) 1 34 44 17 17 www.quaidesmarques.com

RÉCIPROQUE 89-101 and 92 rue de la Pompe, Paris 16th Tel +33 (0) 1 47 04 30 28 http://reciproque.fr

VIOLETTE ET LÉONIE 27 rue de Poitou and 1 rue de Saintonge, Paris 3rd www.violetteleonie.com

 

With thanks to  “Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau”

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