I like to get a little present for myself when I get to spend some time somewhere. I’ve never been in to knick knacks so a little Eiffel Tower for €3 was never going to do it for me. Instead, maybe something a little bit more local? A bit more French? Maybe a new little Le Pliage?
I headed up to the Champs Elysees where I learned important facts like it is absolutely full of tourists in an Oxford Street kind of way, and that people will join queues to get into shops. Both Laduree and Louis Vuitton had queues outside. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. I can’t imagine queues of people waiting to get into Burberry on Regent Street.
I had a half-formed plan to get a little Le Pliage. I have a large one already that works as my laptop bag, overnight bag, and hand luggage. But I wanted a smaller one as I desperately attempt to force myself to use a smaller handbag. I stumbled on the shop a couple of doors down from Laduree. There was no queue here.
Downstairs is full of beautiful clothes and leather bags that I wasn’t in the market for. Up the very stylish metallic staircase is the wall of Le Pliage, and many very busy shop assistants. A gorgeous cobalt blue one caught my eye straight away and after waiting a few minutes and very little decision time I was ushered downstairs to pay. And here is where the queue is.
You’re given a ticket and lined up before three tills to pay. Most people seem to be buying between one and ten Le Pliage bags. While waiting you get to watch videos of their catwalk shows and their ad campaign with Alexa Chung, who manages to look really French despite very much not being French.
After paying you get told to join the other queue, this time to collect your beautifully-wrapped bags.
I headed on to the street to, in my head, get an awesome photo of two French icons together -Le Pliage and Arc de Triumph. I’m not going to lie, I thought it would work out better than this.