’Tis the season for decadence and high fashion. The most luxurious, cosmopolitan, wonderful time of the year. And where better to celebrate a sophisticated Christmas than the chicest city in the world: Paris?
Luckily for you, high up on the list of the French capital’s fashion credentials is La Vallée Village, a boutique shopping destination under an hour away from the centre of Paris by train. And, with names from Dolce & Gabbana to Zadig & Voltaire, there are over 120 brands to browse and explore with an eye to picking up a bargain.
Because that’s the best part. Despite looking like an up-market market town, with a high-end high street, La Vallée Village is, in fact, a discount retail shopping destination. You will find prices a fraction of what they would be in the city centre. And, with a quietly curated town-like atmosphere, it’ll be a more pleasant shopping experience, too.
The same goes for that double at Christmas. With sparkling lights in the trees that line the cobbled streets, and decorations from the classic firs to vast snow-globes dotted among the boutiques, it is the ideal destination to fill yourself with Christmas cheer while filling your wardrobe with the latest in winter style.
And it’s not just style. Your accessories are covered, too. Why not pop into Tumi or Samsonite, so you’ve got a suitably stylish suitcase in which to carry home your purchases and presents? Or pick up a new scarf or pair of gloves to conquer the cold from Hackett?
There’s homewares, too. S.T Dupont will up your home office game with their trinkets and luxurious deskwares. Montblanc, too, will offer the unrivalled in writing instruments and leather goods. Even your watches are covered, with Longines and Balmain boutiques offering the best in Swiss timepieces.
Speaking of the mountains, why not take a look in Moncler before you take to the Alps for an apres-ski Christmas? And do all of this with a paper cornet of caramelised nuts from Fifi La Praline in one hand, and a festive edition Starbucks in the other. Sound decadent enough? As we said, ’tis the season…
La Vallée Village
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