Fulfill your Parisian shopping fantasies and experience Galeries Lafayette's complimentary Personal Shopping Services.
Stacia gives an overview of the book:
The first time I visited Paris in the late 1960s, my first stop was not the Louvre. It was Galeries Lafayette. After a summer of backpacking around the Mediterranean, I looked like an extra from Lawrence of Arabia. My goal was to throw myself at the mercy of Paris' oldest department store for an extreme makeover. Relying on my high school French, I managed to find my way to le grand magasin, have my wild mane tamed into an elegant coif and purchased a pale yellow slip of a dress that turned this nomad into an ingenue.
Over the years, my long-distance love affair with Galeries Lafayette has deepened into an obsession. Every time I return to Paris, I head straight to their flagship store on Haussmann Boulevard and voila, I am 19 again - although admittedly, the fashions worn by trendy French teenagers do not fit my current lifestyle. Which is why today I put myself into the hands of Isabelle Herve-Penard, manager of Galeries Lafayette's complimentary personal shopping service.
The service was started in the early 1990s in response to the influx of American corporate wives relocated to Paris. Herve-Penard, a petite brunette with finely chiseled features, explained, "They needed guidance in choosing the right clothes for special occasions, business dinners and parties. Even after they returned to the States, whenever they visit Paris, they come back to us to freshen up their wardrobe."
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