Richard Nahem, an ex-New Yorker living in Paris, leads private insider tours showing visitors the Paris most of them never see on their own (www.eyepreferparistours.com), and also writes a popular insider's blog www.eyepreferparis.com.
Paris is known as one of the great shopping meccas. The drawback is sales only happen twice a year in January and June, and in between it's hard to find any bona fide bargains. The good news is that some of the top designer brands have outlet shops that have the previous season’s merchandise reduced 30 to 60 percent off. Here is a list of some of our top favorites.
This small chain has five shops selling top name French and Italian designer clothes for men, women, and children. Labels include Missoni, Martin Margiela, Valentino, Dolce and Gabanna, Plein Sud, Prada, and Jimmy Choo. Shoes, handbags, and scarves are also discounted.
13 rue des francs Bourgeois 75004
Mon 1 pm - 7 pm
Tue-Sun 11 am - 7 pm
Maje is one of the hottest labels right now for women’s casual chic dresses, jackets, tops, coats, pants, and blazers.
4 rue de Marseille, 75010
11am to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday
Zadig and Voltaire
With a cult following, Zadig and Voltaire is considered a must-buy for anyone following French fashion. Their upscale casual clothes for men and women are discounted 30 to 50 percent off store prices. Feel lucky if you score one of their most desired styles, a sweatshirt or T-shirt with a skull emblem.
22 rue Bourg Tibourg, 75004
Monday-Friday 11AM -7PM, Saturday 11AM -7:30PM, Sunday 2PM -7:30PM
Originally made for prima ballerinas, Repetto has long been the place for ballet shoes. In 1956, it created the Cendrillon flat for Brigitte Bardot, which became a fashion sensation. Repetto makes some of the finest constructed ballet flats in dozens of colors and materials. Their outlet shop near Galeries Lafayette, has a limited selection of ballet flats, heels, and T-strap shoes discounted at 30 to 40 percent off.
24 rue de Châteaudun, 75009
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30AM to 7PM
Conveniently located in the popular shopping district Le Marais, the Sandro Stock shop features deep discounts on its collection of fashion forward women’s separates.
26 rue de Sevigné, 75004
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30AM -7:30PM, Sunday 1PM -7PM
One of Frances’ most beloved design houses, Chloe is the quintessential French fashion label, recently celebrating its 60th anniversary with the current collections designed by Claire Waight Keller. The outlet shop has current and past collections including their super desirable handbags.
8 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 75011
Tuesday, 2PM -8PM. Wednesday to Saturday 11AM -8PM, Sunday 2PM -8PM