How Much Does a Birkin Cost in Paris? – The Handbag Math

Another installment of the PurseBop In Paris series… this one focusing on prices.  If you need to catch up first, read these articles.

Part I: Hermès in Paris With PurseBop: Part I of the Trilogy
Part II: PurseBop Scores at Hermès Faubourg Saint Honoré: Part II of the Trilogy
Part III: A Tale of Two More Hermès Kellys

PurseBop Falls for a Chanel Boy in Paris
Goyard Tote Battle: Artois Takes on Saint Louis

PurseBop’s partial Paris shopping haul. Hermès Rose Lipstick Kelly 28 in Tadelakt leather, Chanel PVC boy bag, Goyard Artois tote, Rene Caovilla shoes and Venus et Fleur rose box.

One important element of our travel series is always the detailed price comparisons that we have coined as handbag math‘. Handbag math – the art of comparing prices of  bags in euros to prices here in the United States – is a trademark calculation here at PurseBop.
Here in part IV, we have taken a cross section across brands from items just purchased and revealed in the #PariswithPurseBop series to give you an idea of the best deals to be found in Paris.

Focus shot: the bags PurseBop brought home – Hermès, Chanel and Goyard.

Hermès Prices

**Hermès prices are calculated on current day exchange rates and for simplicity, VAT, duty and sales tax have not been included as they nearly cancel one another out.

RegionKelly 28
USA$11,400
Europe€7850
US $ Equivalent$9150
Savings$2250 (20%)
RegionBirkin 30
USA$10,900
Europe€7,000
US $ Equivalent$8228
Savings$2,672 (24%)

Hermès Prices

**Hermès prices are calculated on current day exchange rates and for simplicity, VAT, duty and sales tax have not been included as they nearly cancel one another out.

RegionKelly 28
USA$11,400
Europe€7850
US $ Equivalent$9150
Savings$2250 (20%)
RegionBirkin 30
USA$10,900
Europe€7,000
US $ Equivalent$8,228
Savings$2,672 (24%)

RegionTPM Evelyn
USA$1800
Europe€1250
US $ Equivalent$1457
Savings$343 (19%)
RegionTPM Evelyn
USA$1800
Europe€1250
US $ Equivalent$1457
Savings$343 (19%)

RegionOran Sandal
USA$680
Europe€480
US $ Equivalent$564
Savings$116 (17%)
RegionOran Sandal
USA$680
Europe€480
US $ Equivalent$564
Savings$116 (17%)

RegionRodeo PM
USA$430
Europe€341
US $ Equivalent$397.50
Savings$32.50 (8%)
RegionRodeo PM
USA$430
Europe€341
US $ Equivalent$397.50
Savings$32.50 (18%)

Hopefully, by now, over the last couple of years, we have convinced you that shopping for Hermès in France is by far the best deal of all the luxury brands (read: Hermes Is Your Best Buy In Paris), despite the annual small price increases in Europe (read: Hermes Increases Prices 2017). The savings have definitely decreased  over the past three years with the euro having gained strength against the US dollar and there being no price increase in the US for the last three years.

For more information on Hermès pricing, read these related articles:

Hermes Is Your Best Buy In Paris
Hermes Pricing: Buy One Bag, Get one Free?
Hermes in the Global Economy

 

Bottom line: While buying at the Paris mothership certainly may be the experience of a lifetime, saving up and planning a trip around that probably is not worth the financial savings.  Increased production and supply around the world may make purchasing at your local store the wiser move, in which case, build those relationships with your store Sales Associates.

Chanel Prices

**Chanel price charts have been simplified, for full calculations visit details at PurseBop Falls for a Chanel Boy in Paris.

RegionChanel Boy
USA$4500
Europe€3660
US $ Equivalent$3972
Savings$528 (12%)

Chanel Prices

**Chanel price charts have been simplified, for full calculations visit details at PurseBop Falls for a Chanel Boy in Paris.

RegionChanel Boy
USA$4500
Europe€3660
US $ Equivalent$3972
Savings$528 (12%)

We saw the greatest change to Chanel prices back in April 2015 when Chanel equalized its prices globally to compensate for currency fluctuations (read: Global Price Implications on Chanel Street). The new pricing scheme has enabled the French house to offer products at a “harmonized” price to customers wherever they are in the world. The only minor differences arise from intermittent currency fluctuations, VAT refunds and customs duties. Chanel is slightly cheaper.

For more information on Chanel pricing, read the following articles:

PurseBop Falls for a Chanel Boy in Paris
Handbag Math: You Can Still Save Money Buying Chanel Abroad (Chanel Gabrielle Bag Case Study)
Chanel – No Longer a Tourist Bag
Hermes vs. Chanel Prices in the US and France

Bottom line: Buy the Chanel you love where and when you find it.  As  we expected, Chanel’s strategy of global price equalization has resulted in nominal cost differences (other than possible savings due  to duty and/or taxes).  We also have learned that inventory varies from country to country and location to location, so what you saw, for example, on Rue Cambon in Paris, may not be available on Madison Avenue in NYC, or vice versa. This is especially true for special pieces, where supply is limited.

Goyard Prices

**Goyard  price charts have been simplified, for full calculations visit details at Goyard Tote Battle: Artois Takes on Saint Louis

RegionGoyard Artois Classic MM
USA$2305
Europe€1325
US $ Equivalent$1382
Savings$653 (28%)
RegionSaint Louis Classic GM
USA$1490
Europe€970
US $ Equivalent$1012
Savings$478 (32%)

Goyard Prices

**Goyard  price charts have been simplified, for full calculations visit details at Goyard Tote Battle: Artois Takes on Saint Louis

RegionGoyard Artois
USA$2305
Europe€1325
US $ Equivalent$1382
Savings$653 (28%)
RegionSaint Louis Totes
USA$1490
Europe€970
US $ Equivalent$1012
Savings$478 (32%)

Goyard continues to be our favorite travel tote and the best place to pick one up is in France.

For more information on Goyard pricing, read the following articles:

4 Perfect Totes for World Travel
Goyard Tote Battle: Artois Takes on Saint Louis
Goyard Saint Louis – The Tote of All Totes
Grab & Go: The Goyard Reference Guide

Bottom line:  Goyard continues to be PurseBop’s favorite travel tote and the best place to get yours price-wise definitely is France.   Not only do Goyard bags cost 30% less in France than in the United States, but the full complement of styles, sizes and colors is readily available.

We hope this piece helps you when planning your travel and shopping trips.  Our series will continue with a discussion about VAT, duty and sales taxes. Read our Travel Alerts feature if heading out internationally.

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