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I have a bit mixed feelings about outlets, you can definitely find really good deals from them but on the same time, people tend to buy things that they don’t really need just because of the lower price tag.

However, recently I paid a quick visit to La Vallée Village, an outlet mall a bit outside of Paris, in the hope that they would still have Phoebe Philo’s designs at the Céline boutique. And I was right! As they operate 2-3 seasons behind, the store was filled with treasures from previous years and the interior was still untouched. They even had the accent on the top of the É and no Hedi in sight. Such a lovely trip to the past.

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I’m sure anyone who’s been following me knows how much I’m into good old print media and hunting rare pieces of fashion magazines. I might have mentioned this before but my go-to place for second-hand magazines and fashion- and art books is definitely Comptoir de l’Image in Le Marais. The grumpy (but very lovely) old french man owning the store has been collecting the pieces for over 40 years and knows quite impressive people within the industry. He’s not very eager to share his stories and might be even a bit offended if you decide to buy one of his treasures, but from time to time he gets in the mood to share his incredible memories.

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The photo above I snapped from the window of Lemaire boutique in Le Marais. It’s one of my favorite destinations if I’m lacking inspiration. I love visiting stores, not to buy, but just to feel the fabrics, study details and try on things. I think it’s important when working in fashion, because you are missing out a lot if you only look at the collections from the computer screen. Also, I always get inspired by the store decorations. The ceramics at the Lemaire store are made by French artist Emile Degorce-Dumas.

This is part of the new things I wrote for Flounce.fi this month. I’m happy to provide more translations if anyone is interested.

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One of the best shopping destinations in Paris is definitely Le Bon Marché. It is the first department store in the world, and the art deco -architecture is just fascinating. As it is located on the left bank, quite far from any tourist destinations, it is often very calm with only local Parisians strolling around. I personally love all the art and design furniture here and there in the department store, and also currently there is a gorgeous art installation, Le Cube, imagined by Scott Oster, as a part of an ongoing campaign.

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During Paris Design Week I discovered very interesting boutique in Le Marais, À Rebours. The store is part of Lafayette Anticipations art foundation and it has a great collection of books, ceramics and jewelry. I’ve been for a while a big fan of Carolina Spencer, who is behind @matagalanplantae, and was very excited to spot her vases live.