Monday, September 19, 2011

Paris shopping: agnès b.




Since I’ve quit shopping, I’m starting to really notice the garments upon which I frequently rely when I’m scrambling to get dressed.  Foremost among them has to be my agnès b. cardigan.  It’s made of a sweatshirt fabric, and has pearlized snaps down the front.  I can wear it almost anywhere I would wear a black cashmere cardigan, but it’s more… relaxed?  Cool?  Fun?  All of the above, I think.


The agnès b. stores that I’ve been to in Paris (Village de Bercy, rue de Marseille, rue de Castiglione) all share the same qualities of clarity, light, and ease of shopping.  Nothing is crowded, things aren’t layered to the point of being impossible to dissect, and everything looks terribly appealing.  The staff is always very kind and helpful, and shopping for French classics has never been so much fun! 




6 comments:

  1. It looks like a classic! I am reaching a no spending plateau myself--really don't want to buy another thing for awhile. xxBliss

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  2. I have that exact agnes b. cardigan. Bought it in the San Francisco boutique almost three years ago, and really got into sort of a scuffle with my husband afterward, who was stunned that I spent $150 on a cotton cardigan. I had to point out that it was designed AND made in France, of cotton also made in France, and that it had the wonderful, stylish snaps down the front that you wouldn't find on another cardi. He still thought it was crazy at the time, but now when I wear it, he winks and tells me I look good. I like to pair it with a black boucle St. John pencil skirt and black Doc Marten boots that lace to the knee -- and the gunmetal grommets of the boots echo the snaps of the cardigan.

    Shame that the SF boutique closed not long after I was there; so much great French style.

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  3. I love simple classic pieces like this. I have similar ones that I am afraid I will just wear out and not be able to replace!

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  4. Ah Patti, that's the beauty of wearing classics - they're always available! On agnes b.'s website, a bunch of garments are specifically labelled as being always available - I love the confidence she has in her designs that she can be comfortable selling the same garments year after year. So we can be confident wearing them!

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  5. Classic basics never, ever dissapoint. I've hit my spending limit for the year, too, so I'm heading into the prime shopping season for others with no plans to participate. It makes me a little stabby to think that we are programmed to shop/shop/shop/shop for items that should be purchased infrequently if the quality existed (but it doesn't). Which is why you can wear an agnes b. cardigan for a very long time without having to replace it.

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  6. I love agnes b! I've been brave enough to go into her boutique in Paris (because it's generally crowded), but not brave enough to try something on. Maybe next year.

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