|404 Rue Saint Honore|
|21 Rue du Vieux-Colombier|
|Le Bon Marche, 24 Rue de Sevres|
I visited a number of Longchamp stores in Paris, from the outlet store in La Vallee Village, to the big one in Rue Saint Honore. And I had some impressions to the stores that I have been to.
I made the first stop at stores inside Printemps and Galeries Lafayette (which are conveniently located close to each other). And I was immediately disappointed. Both locations had a long queue of tourists for just entering the store. It was the third most crowded corners inside the department stores (after Louis Vuitton and Chanel of course). I made a quick look of its collection in both department stores, and even the classic Le Pliage bags were not completely available in their latest seasonal colours (unless they intentionally kept them in the stock room, but I doubt it). I also did not see the Eiffel special edition Le Pliage bag that I was looking for. Hence I concluded that both stores may not have a complete selection of its popular bags as a result of high turn-over and the overflown tourists.
The next stop was a store in Rive Gauche (the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris) which is located at Rue du Vieux-Colombier. It was not a big one, but the collection was surprisingly complete. From luggage to tape measurement. However, since the store was relatively small (but still bigger than those in Printemps or Galeries Lafayette), the in-store display was not inviting and had an impression of not being well organized. But if you don’t see the ones that you look for, do not hesitate to ask for it. They have a big stock room and their drawers are full of goodies as well. In this store I succesfully bought the Eiffel special edition Le Pliage in black (after I failed to get one in Galeries Lafayette or Printemps).
Not too far from store at Rue du Vieux-Colombier (5 min walk), there is Le Bon Marche (my new favourite shopping destination in Paris) that has Longchamp store. Again, their Le Pliage selection is better than those in Printemps and Galeries Lafayette and they had a nice mixed bags collection on display which is quite inspiring. My friends successfully made some purchases here. The Longchamp shopping experience in this department store was very memorable as we were assisted by a very nice and sweet SA.
Another big store is located at Rue Saint Honore which location is very strategic, i.e. in the corner, so any passers-by would not miss this store. I did not spend so much time in this store as I was quite in hurry while strolling along Rue Faubourg Saint Honore and Rue Saint Honore. And I did not but anything from here either. But I had positive impressions that the store was not as crowded as those in Printemps or Galeries Lafayette and the in-store display was relatively organized. This is quite promising for me. So if I have a chance to visit Paris *fingers crossed*, I will put this store location on my agenda.
And lastly I went to Longchamp outlet at La Vallee Village Outlet Shopping and I was in Longchamp heaven lol.... Although the bags sold were from previous seasons, but I was thrilled that I could find the bags in the colour that I have always wanted. Yay! I also bought a number of bags for my families (mother, sister, MIL and SIL). I remembered the prices of Le Pliage bags in outlet store are as follows: Small SH eur33, Medium SH eur40, Medium LH eur46 (price after discount).
The store addresses (that I have visited) are as follows:
- Printemps Mode, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (Metro station: Havre-Caumartin)
- Galeries Lafayette Main Store, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (Metro station: Chaussee d'Antin-La Fayette)
- 404 Rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris (Metro station: Concorde)
- 21 Rue du Vieux-Colombier (Rive Gauche), 75006 Paris (Metro station: Saint-Sulpice)
- Le Bon Marche, 24 Rue de Sevres (Rive Gauche), 75007 Paris (Metro station: Sevres-Babylon)
- La Vallee Village (take the shopping express from www.pariscityrama.com)
And finally, these are some treats for myself *wink* Or, I can also say that these are the 'left over' after I gave away most of Le Pliage bags to my families. lol