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Looking for adventure? Paris shopping deals!

Looking for adventure? Paris shopping deals!
by Dr. Elinor Garely, editor in chief of

You are a smart cookie. You know how to spot a bargain…like flying XL Airways to Paris to save money and taking a value-priced business class flight to New Jersey on La Compagnie to recover from a Paris shopping frenzy.

Shopper Credentials

Why fly all the way to Paris to shop? Because it is Paris and you can! However, the reward for “best shopper of the year,” goes to the shopper who can load a suitcase with new Global Brands – having scored bargains at Paris malls: One Nation Paris and La Vallee Village.

By all means, walk the Parisian shopping streets, ogle the windows for Paco Rabanne, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Look for Stella McCartney, Nicolas Ghesquiere (Louis Vuitton), Phoebe Philo (Celine), Jonathan Anderson (Loewe) and Olivier Rousteing (Balmain); then head to the mall shuttle busses and direct your attention to nearby outlets to find designer frocks at seriously discounted prices.

Parisian Connection to Fashion

Research suggests that the 17th century heralded the start of France as the clothing/style capital of the world. King Louis XIV (known as the Sun King), ascended the throne in 1643 and introduced his lavish lifestyle (think palace of Versailles) and an over-the-top wardrobe to his constituents; nothing has ever been the same.

The King recognized luxury as an important part of the national economy, attracting artisans to the country (i.e., textiles were under the control of the royal court). Even today, high quality fabrics and materials are sourced in France.

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