Paris Preview: The Scene

The city is percolating this fall, with new art exhibitions and eateries galore. The shop scene is heating up, too.

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Paris is percolating this fall, with new art exhibitions and eateries galore. The shop scene is heating up, too.

“French retailers signaled an increase in sales for the second month running during August,” according to a recent Markit report. “Employment stabilized following a sustained period of contraction, while purchasing of goods for resale declined at a slower pace.”

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France is due to post its sixth consecutive annual drop in spending on clothing this year after a first half marked by bad weather and a rise in the cost of living, according to the French Federation of Women’s Ready-to-Wear. Sales slid 2.4 percent in the period, with women’s rtw down 1.6 percent, men’s off 2.8 percent and sales of children’s clothing declining 3.6 percent.

“Women’s ready-to-wear remains affected by the economic crisis, but it is resisting better than other sectors,” said François-Marie Grau, general secretary of the federation.

French apparel sales are set to end 2013 at an estimated 41.8 billion euros, or $55.8 billion at current exchange, according to Euromonitor research.

Jennifer Weil and Joelle Diderich

GOING PLACES: Potted palms, vintage furniture and wooden ceiling fans heighten the tropical ambiance at L’Aventure, Vuitton’s new pop-up shop at 22 Avenue Montaigne. Taking up space recently vacated by its sister brand Fendi, Vuitton tapped editor Tyler Brûlé and his Winkreative team to collaborate on the breezy space, which showcases an array of luggage, travel accessories, men’s travel clothing and design objects, including a sumptuous leather hammock.

Packing experts are at the ready for demonstrations, and so are artisans and craftspeople who can do on-the-spot repairs, and hand-paint or stamp initials on anything from luggage tags to trunks.

The fans are set to whir through the end of the year.

Miles Socha

22 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-45-62-47-00
Hours: Monday to Saturday,
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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