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When Uniqlo's first store opened in Paris a year ago, I had to wait a couple of months in order to get in the store without doing the queue on the street. The day I finally set foot in the store was uneventful. I left empty handed and confused not only by the red neon lighted entry stairwell but as to why anyone would wait in a queue on a cold Fall day for clothes and especially such basic ones.
A couple of weeks ago, after getting the gloves at the Eric Bompard, store I headed down Haussmann and saw a rather lenghthy queue on the sidewalk. I paused a moment and after passing down Uniqlo, came to realise that it's the day of the J+ new collection launch. Did I head back and join the queue? Non.
So November is all about les ventes presse in Paris (private/sample sales). I used to expect my invitations with such excitement but now the idea of waiting for hours in a cold street while inhaling cigarette smokes, the nervousness and possible frustration of the whole situation just to buy more clothes isn't that appealing anymore.
And of course, this month also is the Lanvin - H&M "collaboration" launch. For this one I can already imagine riots, so I'll stay out of harm's way!
I love a good deal but I want to enjoy my purchase and I'm not willing to lose time and sanity for a piece of cloth.