Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Summer sales are coming!

June 23rd, 2014

The big summer sale period in France is about to start!  With dates regulated by the government, this year’s summer sales run from June 25th (this Wednesday) until July  29th, 2014.  Most retail stores participate in some way – including higher-end brands.  And surveys suggest that over 80% of the French plan to participate!  Some spend the days and weeks leading up to the start scouting the stores for treasures, the better to pounce on Day 1.  Others prefer to wait until the initial crush


Love Pierre Hermé’s Marcarons?

March 24th, 2014

Love his shopping bags?  Until March 31st you can buy one in hot pink leather!  A bit spendy though at 380 euros but, if you love it, why not?


Winter Sale Time!

January 13th, 2014

These days there are sale days here and there throughout the year in France but the big events are still the twice yearly sales (January and July), with dates set by the government.   The big winter sale started in Paris on January 8 and run until February 11.  Virtually all retail stores (but especially clothing – in all price ranges) will have serious markdowns.  If you’re starting your sale shopping now you’ve missed the first crazy week.  But don’t despair – there are still


Paris on Vacation – August Closures

August 5th, 2013

Paris (and Parisians) go on vacation in a big way in August!  You can still have a successful visit – you just need to plan around ‘fermetures annuelles’ = annual vacation (or closures).  Museums are open normal hours as are major department and chain stores and banks.  Where it gets tricky is restaurants, bakeries and other small food shops (chocolates, butchers, wine), certain coffee shops and cafes and small boutiques.  While some Parisians take their vacations in July August is the really serious vacation time.


Summer sales (les soldes)

June 30th, 2013

The summer sales are here!  This means significant markdowns in most retail stores.  You’ve missed the crush of the first couple of days (they started on June 26th) but there are still deals to be had – in a slightly less intense environment! Let me explain – France, being fairly centralized, regulates big sales.  There’s a 6-week period in the winter (early January), ditto for summer.  And the first day is madness – think Black Friday or as one client described it ‘like being in


It’s not too late – winters sales still on!

January 30th, 2013

While the winter sales started on January 9th they continue until February 12th 2013.  There are still bargains to be had, especially since the merchants have made their 2nd markdown.  Virtually all retail stores participate, even relatively high-end ones (OK, it’s not going to help you if you’re shopping at Harry Winston for jewelry!).  You still see people all over Paris with lots of shopping bags – proof that there are still deals to be had!  And if you miss the winter sales, plan on


Catherine Deneuve is everywhere!

October 20th, 2012

Catherine Deneuve, iconic figure of French film for decades, can be seen on billboards all over Paris this fall.  Featured in an ad campaign for the Bon Marché department store – one of the Parisian ‘grands magasins’ – with posters drawn by graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis, a wonderful black and white graphic novel (as well as a film by the same title) about her life in Iran/Austria and France.  Deneuve, with hundreds of films to her credit, has been acting continuously since


Les soldes!

January 20th, 2012

France, being very centralized, regulates sales in stores.  While stores are allowed a certain number of ‘sale’ days of their choice, the dates of the really big sales (6 weeks long), summer and winter, are fixed by the government.  Winter sales this year run from January 11th through February 22nd.  Virtually every store has some items available at major markdowns, often 50 or 60% or more. If you plan a trip to Paris in mid-January you can take advantage of the sales and, at the