Saturday, September 15, 2007

Luggage and Wallets and Bags, Oh My!

September is busy houseguest season here in Paris. It's such fun to have all manner of friends and family from the US collapsing on the sleep sofas in the living room. Of course, getting actual work accomplished is another story. But life is short, and sharing Paris with people you love is part of the joy of living here.

When parading my jet-lagged pals around la Capitale, I never miss the opportunity to take them to La Maroquinerie Parisienne. Especially because it's conveniently located on the sightseeing/shopping trajectory from place de la Concorde to place de la Madeleine to Galleries Lafayette.

The shop, on the 2nd and 3rd floors at 30 rue Tronchet, is chockablock full of Longchamp, Lancel and lots of other name-brand leather goods, all at a 10 - 20 percent discount, sometimes marked down even more. Rarely does anyone leave empty-handed or less than thrilled.

"Maroquinerie" means leather goods store. The short version of the word's etymology: originally most of the finest finished leather (maroquins) were from Morocco, which is "Maroc" in French.

Faster than you can say "mah-rock-een-ree" you'll be in discount handbag heaven.

La Maroquinerie Parisienne
30 rue Tronchet
75009 Paris
tel. 01 47 42 83 40
Metro: Havre-Caumartin
Open: Monday 1 pm to 7 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 7 pm

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