MOST OF MY SHOPPING in Paris last month was of the window variety. It was very satisfying. There, window display is an art, often indistinguishable from merchandising. The small streets of St Germain des Pres are filled with tempting goods, as delightful to look at as to buy.
I didn’t find the prices outrageous. After all, I live in New York City and East Hampton, and my last vacation was in Maui, so no price tag can shock me anymore. And the euro is in trouble against the dollar, with an exchange rate that dipped from $1.35 to $1.25 in the week we were there (we benefited when we went to pay our hotel bill at the end).
But beyond that, the offerings seem such good value for their uniqueness, quality, and beauty. Here’s a sampling of what we drooled over.
Above: Jules Pansu, 42 Rue Bonaparte, a boutique selling woven textiles and pillow covers made from them. We kept going back until my cousin Susan finally bought one (for about $70). Below, a woman’s head after a Picasso painting.
Fabulous clip-on drop earring we both coveted in a costume jewelry boutique in St Germain des Pres, left. Roughly $300 (hence not purchased).
Chocolate, macaroons, tea… artfully packaged and presented to make easy take-home gifts.
Not your old loafers, above.
Sealing wax, parasols, hammered silver…such things I can ogle with pleasure and feel absolutely no urge to buy.
Indian textiles in profusion at a shop on the corner of Rue Bonaparte and Rue Jacob.
Art supplies, stationery, housewares… it goes on and on.
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