This is the bronze Gerard Darel bag I mentioned here. I’ve been carrying this bag since I got home. I looked at some of the newer styles with outside pockets, zippers, etc., but they just didn’t have the appeal of the original version of this bag, which has been called “Charlotte” (after Charlotte Gainsbourg), the “Drape,” and now the “St. Germain.” I’ve learned to use small zippered pouches (the ones you get free from costmetics counters) for my small, loose items.
I truly had not planned to buy more than bag this trip, but fell in love with this color: a lovely smoky grey with just a hint of lilac. The leather is like buttah. Plus the energetic and amiable saleswoman at the Printemps Gerard Darel bag counter reminded us that we could get the 10% tourist discount coupon if we presented our passports at the Concierge desk.
On our way to the Musée Picasso (which unfortunately turned out to be closed for renovations), we passed a shoe store on the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, which had a “20% off today!” sign in the window, and I spotted these….
…Shooties!! in the window. I’d been wanting a pair of these since last fall, but every pair in LA seemed to have stratospheric heels. These are just the right height, and so comfortable. Shopping serendipity….priceless!
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