Just returning from my Paris holiday and wanting to share my experiences (and goodies!!) from shopping in Paris! It was the perfect time to go as the exchange rate is nearing 1:1 and many of the luxury brands are available at hundreds (and sometimes thousands) less than in the US.
Let’s start – shall we?
I didn’t have a long list of buys, but there were key pieces I was hoping to get.
First, to Louis Vuitton!
While walking up the Champs-Élysées, I saw the first Louis Vuitton store perched on the corner, with many tourists bustling by. There was quite the queue to enter, wrapping around the block, so I decided to try my luck at the Galleries Lafayette store another day instead. The Galleries Lafayette is a bustling department store full of any luxury lover’s favorite brands. I queued for a very short time to speak with an SA about leather goods. She was very sweet and when I mentioned what I wanted she said “We only have one left!” KISMET!
She brought it out for me to see and I knew on the spot I had to take it home! And you could tell it was a coveted piece as other shoppers were trying to snag it as I was trying it on!
Presenting little blue! Louis Vuitton Alma BB!
I took her all around Paris, even to the Eiffel Tower!
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Next up, to the design house of Saint Laurent, Rue Saint Honoré.
I have not been eyeing Saint Laurent in a while, but with the release of their Sac de Jour tote, I knew I wanted to check out their offerings. The Sac du Jour was GORGEOUS, ranging in colors and skins to please any shopper, from leather to exotic. If something else hadn’t caught my eye, one of these beauties would have made the trip home with me.
What I ended up toting with me on the Metro through Paris was a lovely wallet on chain. In the new season’s soft rose pink chevron pattern, gleaming gold hardware and chain strap, it will be the perfect spring cross body and clutch. It also pairs beautifully with the rose dragee clic H from Hermes (enable enable!)
Shown here au natural and with another Paris souvenir, a Laduree charm complete with Eiffel tower and Parisian gal walking her poodle!
And last but not least, the story you are waiting to here, my experience at Hermes Saint Honoré! Upon my arrival in Paris, I decided my first day landing to go to Hermes and check out the lay of the land. I first stopped at the leather bracelets counter to check out what CDCs they had. In the case, I spied a new CDC, Craie with Rose Gold Hardware! I asked if it was my size and after trying it on, knew it was coming home with me. Good luck so far!
Next, I headed over to the leather goods area. Now, if you have not been to FSH before, you need to queue to speak with a sales associate in the leather department. I stood in line for about 10 minutes and met with my first sales associate. He was delightful and we chatted about where I was from before he took my request. He scurried away and came back a short time later with the news, nothing in the sizes or colors I was looking for but to check back another day.
Two days later, I went back again and asked for the same gentleman (do this to skip the queue!). Unfortunately he was not available, so another SA took a look for me. Again, nothing in colors I wanted. I was offered other bags, but knew with days left in my trip I didn’t want to “settle” for something I didn’t love. I did try again a couple days later, but no deliveries so alas, no bags.
The day before my last day in Paris, I tried again. My original salesperson was on lunch, so I asked to see if someone else was available. I was assigned another lovely SA who was just a joy to work with. He took my request and came back with leather swatches. We talked about a few things that were available and just like that, he mentioned a color, size, and leather that I knew I just had to take a look at! After just a short wait, he returned with the orange box in tow and whisked me away to a quiet area of the boutique so I could have a look. When he opened the box and slid down the signature herringbone dustbag, I knew this was the bag that Paris was telling me to take home. In the perfect size and leather, the color was a classic I know I will wear for many years to come, remembering my time in Paris all the way.
I spent almost an hour in the store, chatting about Hermes and it’s history, the beautiful leathers and where they come from, the colors new and old, and the craftsmanship. It was like catching up with an old friend who has the same love of this amazing brand that I have had for so many years. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on this beautiful spring day in Paris!
All smiles with my orange bag, heading out of the boutique!!
Who wants to guess what is inside??
5:00AM Central time update!!
THE BIG REVEAL!
Here she is! My beautiful and classic Kelly, the perfect end to my Parisian holiday!!
Rouge Casaque Clemence Kelly 32cm- Palladium Hardware
Thank you all for reading!! So happy I was able to share with you all!
(PS- I also picked up a small goodie in the airport. How can you help yourself when there is an H just steps away from your gate! Will post those photos and photos of the Rose Gold CDC when I land stateside!) xoxo Boptalkers!
- What an amazing story! I’m so thrilled for you! Kelly is stunning! I’m obsessed with the color of the Alma and the YSL is just beautiful!!!
- moment of silence for that amazing kelly LOL
Amazing Paris vacation! I loved your narrative.. Felt like I was right there with you!! Gorgeous trio of bags! The kelly is to TDF ! Thanks for sharing!!
- Omgash! What a fabulous reveal and I’m so happy for you. Ms. K is a beauty. Many congrats!
I’m late to the party but so enjoyed your story. You made me feel as if I was right along with you. Thanks so much and congrats on the beautiful purchases.
dreamingofh totally swooning over here. That’s one amazing trip! Where do I begin, that LV, those macaroons, that YSL blush baby, and THEN THAT FIRE HOT KELLY! If BOPTALK had emoticons, I’d have used 1,000,000 haha! I can’t wait to see more pics. Dying here, drooling here!
Firstly wonderful to see you here dreamingofH :) I just love your IG gallery and thanks for sharing with us your fabulous goodies with such gorgeous pics. Love everything! The LV alma BB is adorable. What a gorgeous color. The woc is so pretty and I just adore your new laduree charm. Have always loved their charms but this parisian gal design is so so cute. And of course your new Kelly is simply TDF and the perfect end to your paris trip. Congrats!!
Hehe I KNOW I KNOW!!!!!!! But I can’t wait to see the “BIG REVEAL” all over again!!!! :D
SOOOO SOOOO Happy for you my dearest friend!!! You always have the best H luck during your travels!!! The bag is a true beauty and classic; I know it is a forever piece.
As far as your other goodies, you know I am OBSESSED with that LV Alma cutie who reminds me very much of Ms. Lagon! The color is spectacular, and such a great style and size crossbody! The YSL is a classic clutch, and made even cuter with the Laduree charm!
Cannot wait to see more pics and to see these beauties in person, one day soon I hope!!! Love you!!! xoxo
I’m absolutely speechless dreamingofh, I feel like I am in paris with you. Those bags, oh my goodness! My heart is racing for many reasons girl, and one is that big beautiful orange box! Your pictures, your story telling & the detail is just beyond words. The fact that you have taken the time to share here like this, with us at BopTalk is monumental. You have proven my HANDBAG MATH story true through and through…
Thank you mon cherie, you have marked the launch of BopTalk in a very special way.
Wowwww, what amazing buyings and pics!!! Love it!!! Congrats!!! I´m dying to take a peek at your new H… please reveal it for us soon ;) I´d love to see your CDC too!!! Thank you for sharing your beauties and creating this topic here on Boptalk <3
sacre bleu, I commented in the wrong spot! I can’t wait to see what’s in the orange box . . . and how much you saved!
The big reveal will come in a few hours! Say tuned! hehehehee. I’m already signed up for PurseBop’s next Jet to Paris!! LOL
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AMAZING PICS! Congrats on your new purchases. Cannot wait to see what’s in the orange box if this is only the beginning
- Congratulations! Three amazing bags! I agree that FSH is bonkers at times. I only went one time and didnt bother returning. The pink YSL is TDF! I am smitten with that shade of pink. As for RC, As youknow, I always thought (and still do) that it was H’s best red.
- Congratulations dear! She is absolutely breathtaking!!! And the LV and YSL are so beautiful!
- Congratulations to Dreamingofh. I loved to read about your travel and your shopping and you just made me want to jump on a plane and go straight to FSH! You lucky lucky girl!!! PS – the color of your Alma is amazing!!
? just lovely! Drooling over all your Paris finds ?
SO HAPPY FOR YOU