Apr 27, 2015

*MIZGUIDE* Paris vs US Handbag Prices

As the Euro continues to slide against the US dollar (as of April 27th, the currency exchange rate is $1.00 = €0.92), a little self-indulging shopping trip in Paris is definitely not out of the question. In case any of you are planning such a lucky getaway--after all, it's a gorgeous time to visit the City of Lights--I thought you might want to do a little price research beforehand. So, to help guide your way through some calculations, I created a list of French luxury brands and their current handbag prices as an easy comparison between the two countries. Keep in mind, non-European residents are entitled to a TVA refund which, in France's case, is roughly 10%. The below prices are post-refund. As for US pricing, NYS sales tax (8.875%) was added. As you can clearly see, there is currently a big discrepancy in pricing between the two cities.

HERMÈS
Kelly 32 in Togo leather: Paris $6,670 vs US $11,320
Birkin 30 in Togo leather: Paris $6,620 vs US $11,870
Evelyn III GM: Paris $2,370 vs US $4,080
Halzan in Clemence leather: Paris $3,240 vs US $5,610
Toolbox in Swift leather: Paris $5,450 vs US $9,420
Jypsiere 31: Paris $5,890 vs US $10,180

CHANEL
Classic Flap Medium: Paris $4,180 vs US $5,340
Classic Flap Jumbo: Paris $4,660 vs US $5,990
Reissue 225: Paris $4,180 vs US $5,340
Reissue 227: Paris $5,060 vs US $6,530
Boy Medium Flap: Paris $3,650 vs US $5,120
Chevron Flap Medium: Paris $4,180 vs US $5,340

LOUIS VUITTON
Lockit PM: Paris $2,530 vs US $3,970
Lockit MM: Paris $2,920 vs US $4,630
Capucines BB: Paris $2,930 vs US $4,790
Capucines MM: Paris $3,870 vs US $6,100
Monogram Canvas Neverfull: Paris $880 vs US $1,370
Monogram Canvas Speedy 30: Paris $670 vs US $1,060

CÉLINE
Classic Box: Paris $2,450 vs US $4,250
Luggage Mini: Paris $2,060 vs US $3,380
Trapeze Tri-color: Paris $1,860 vs US $3,210

SAINT LAURENT
Sac De Jour Small: Paris $1,950 vs US $2,990
Sac De Jour Large: Paris $2,400 vs US $3,800
Cabas Monogram Medium: Paris $1,950 vs US $3,210
Lulu Medium: Paris $1,520 vs US $2,340
Cabas Y Bag: Paris $1,950 vs US $3,210

{Image credit: Daniel Sean Murphy}

22 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Food for thought...Thx ma'am :)

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  2. Wow that is a huge price difference!

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  3. Wow thanks for this. I have a trip to Paris coming up allllll the way in the summer and I'm really hoping the Euro bargain will hold up (or maybe just have friends buy now....) decisions decisions :)

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    1. Hi Dami,

      Yes, hopefully the dollar will remain strong until then and you can shop to your heart's delight. Have a fantastic trip!

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  4. it just makes you not wanna buy any bags in New York!! the difference is crazy!! who knew?!!!!

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  5. I heard Chanel stock is horrible in Euro. You can hardly find a black flap, reissue or le boy.

    Anyone has update on stock?

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    1. Alot of asian resellers are buying up loads of them and shipping them over because of the profit margin.

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    2. Not necessarily now. Chanel's price has went down ~20% in China.

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    3. I was in Paris a few days ago and I can attest that the stock is horrible for Chanel's in Paris. There are literally no caviar bags; just lamb skin.

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  6. i heard you can't buy a Birkin in Paris unless you spend the equivalent amount at the store buying something else (so for a $7k bag, you need to spend another $7k buying other things at the store). is that true?

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    1. Hi Rose,

      I can't speak for shoes but, in general, the weak Euro will be advantageous to any US shopper who visits Europe these days.

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    2. Euro is no longer weak lately. It has gone back to over 1.1 (USD:EUR). Yike.

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  8. Excellent writeup! I did a long-ish, one month European trip 1.5 years ago when the Euro was still 35% higher above the dollar. Oh why of why can't the currency be this low then?

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thank you! Maybe this is a sign you need to go again :)

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  9. Thank you! This is so helpful.

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  10. Hi do you know about balenciaga prices being cheaper in Paris or Spain?

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