In France, sales and promotions in retail are heavily regulated. But with just the right bit of information from your Hotel Louvre Marsollier, you will be able to get that very Parisian handbag for a very un-Parisian price!
It is really only a matter of timing… The Winter sale season is set to start on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. This is for everybody, everywhere, you only have to decide where to go. If you are looking for luxury, try the Golden triangle (around the Avenue Georges V), close to your Hotel Louvre Marsollier. The Champs-Elysées offer a good mix of high-end and mainstream brands. Closer still, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the rue de Rivoli offer a similar array of shops.
Note that in the more prestigious boutiques, the sales may be signaled only by a tiny card near the door knob. And be warned that some Parisians are ready to take a day off from work on that occasion, so you might want to check the opening hours for your favorite store (or wherever you spotted that handbag) and wake up early!