Paris is magical. It’s historic, culturally rich, dramatic (in the best way), inspiring and romantic….and really, the only place to purchase Chanel.
But not for the reason you think.
The #1 reason you should only buy Chanel in Paris…IS FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
Buying a Chanel bag in Paris is a TRUE EXPERIENCE.
But it’s not about just about Chanel, or even just about Paris.
When you wander the avenues of Paris, meet the people, eat the food, discover the culture, it’s east to understand why Gabrielle Coco Chanel was so inspired. Inspired by the Paris and its beauty. Inspired by the experience of life.
When you stroll into any of the Chanel boutiques in Paris, the welcome is, by and large, quintessentially French.
What I’m saying here is, it ALL COMES DOWN TO THE EXPERIENCE.
If you’re interested in Chanel, the experience of obtaining that coveted item it should be equally (maybe more) important to you than just getting the item.
Things to consider when purchasing Chanel:
- The selection in Europe is often different from the US
- The Paris boutiques seem to have a broader selection as well as more limited edition pieces.
- Each boutique has a different selection, so if you see something you love but it’s not in the right color you can visit one of the other Chanel shops around Paris and you might find the unicorn you’ve been looking for.
From walking through the door and seeing all the designs, to interacting with sales associates. The moments of debating between which bags. Maybe even LEAVING to think your options over while having lunch at a cafe with an Eiffel Tower view! From the very beginning of your interest in Chanel, up to the moment it comes home with you and beyond, it was never just about the accessory!
It’s about the experience as a whole; from purchase to envisioning where you’ll wear this item.
Every time you look at the item; bag, scarf, shoes, accessory, etc. it should bring you memories of a full experience; of joy. It’s not really about the item…it’s about creating a life you love living, full of moments you treasure.
But ultimately, where you choose to buy Chanel, or Dior, or any special purchase isn’t what really matters. What DOES matters is the experience you create for yourself.
So maybe you stroll the Champs Élysée in Paris before purchasing your Chanel item in the flagship store. Perhaps you scour the best vintage shops in every arrondissements to find a discontinued gem. Possibly you even purchase it from the boutique closest to your home. All of these are great options – as long as you consider whether the experience you’re creating is the one you want to have. Make sure you’re enriching your Tapestry Lifestyle.
And if nothing I’ve said resonates at all, there’s always the VAT refund!