|Marques Avenue in Romans-Sur-Isere, France (September, 2012)|
Because I'm in France for six months of the year and because I have friends in Romans-Sur-Isere, I make my way to the Marques Avenue Factory Outlet mall, which has become one of my favourite because Lancel and Armor-Lux both have stores here. However I also visit the LeCreuset (French enamel cookware) store for seconds with superficial topical flaws that do not affect the product, and another store for Yves Delorme bedding and linen.
|Small Lancel taupe bag purchased at Marques Avenue, Sept/12|
The difference between buying at the outlet store and the boutiques is product choice and packaging. When my husband bought my Lancel bag and wallet in Paris, a beautifully wrapped bag came from "behind" the store's walls by another lovely sales associate. The woman who was serving me did not leave my side until the package was handed to me by the second associate. At the outlet store, the bag I chose from the display was the bag packaged for me by the sales associate at the cash register, just like any other store. The piece did not look to be outmoded or a design dud so I don't really know what was "irregular" about it.
NEED: An unembellished Armor-Lux light blue or beige and white striped top.
|Grey & White Armor-Lux mariniere purchased Sept/12|
That's it! That's all that is NEW in my closet from the Marques Avenue outlet stores.
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