January is the sales time. Paris being the capital of the world fashion, everyone feels obliged to bring few new clothes from the fashion center. Perhaps, if you are in Paris for the first time, you might need some hints on where to go shopping. So, shopping in Paris!
France is the birthplace of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. A lot of people tend to bring home from France these well-known brands. As you know, demand creates supply, so there are a lot of designer shops in Paris. Of course, on Champs Elysees or Galeries Laffayette you will find boutiques of famous brands, but for really exclusive things you should go to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
You will find more seasonable prices in Rue Rivoli shops or on Champs Elysees. Here you will find omnipresent Zara and Minelli, and brands that are not known abroad. And if you want something special but do not have large sums of money, then you absolutely should go to Rue du Bac. There are shops of beginners and unknown designers, however, often truly worthwhile things may be found there.
Everyone knows the Galeries Laffayette but it is not the only big store in Paris. The main Galeries Laffayette rival is Le Printemps, which is in walking distance to the Galeries.
And if you do not want to be knocked down by crowds of tourists, we advise you to recover the store Le Bon Marché. Le Bon Marché is the oldest Paris shopping center, located in the 7th arrondissement. Emile Zola dedicated his novel ” Ladies’ happiness” to this store.
In Paris suburbs there is a village called La Vallée Village. Why village? Because each brand has its own house with the shop inside. The village has now some streets, and it is constantly expanding. Any time of year you can find there clothes with 70% discounts because shops sell last season collections.
Remember to ask sellers if they offer Tax Free when you buy branded clothes. You may get a refund of the value-added tax. Almost all international brands provide Tax Free.