Wednesday, May 30th, from 6pm to 8 pm
at TROIS CREPES PATISSERIE
501 East 75th Street. at York
" Part shopping guide, part travel guide, part cultural history...a rich mixture indeed for francophiles" --The New York Times
In The Riches of Paris, Maribeth Clemente, a former Paris shopping consultant, shares her insider's knowledge of the choicest boutiques, restaurants, wine cellars, and auctions to help you find endless treasures. Whether you're looking for designer fashions, Limoges china, the finest perfumes, the best Bordeaux or just browsing, The Riches of Paris is an indispensable guide for making your visit to Paris enjoyable and unforgettable.
Now that I've helped to break down the myth of the nasty Parisian salesperson, it's up to you to break down the myth of the Ugly American. It is important to treat Parisian shop owners and salespeople with the respect they merit. First of all, greetings and salutations are extremely important in France, so remember to always add Monsieur or Madame onto a hello, a thank-you, or a good-bye---otherwise you may be considered impolite. Looking the part is key: If you go shopping on Avenue Montaigne (the home of French couture), for example, try to look as elegant as the avenue itself. It's okay to dress down for sightseeing, but spiff up your look when you go shopping. Appearances count for a lot in France, and you should look as chi chi as the boutiques you intend to visit. Accessorize, put on a dab of makeup, wear a few baubles, and remember to save your ultracasual footwear for the museum. (These shoes, though practical, still aren't part of being well dressed for shopping in Paris. I, for example, virtually live in my Teva scandals in my little upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs in the summer, but I can't imagine the day when I would wear them in Paris on a chic promenade!)