Lots of fun shopping, provocative fashion and original art design this week!
Best Bargain Holiday Bazaar
Santa’s secret is out… the annual American holiday bazaar is the best community-based rummage sale in Paris that also includes handmade crafts and holiday sweets for everyone. The one-day mind blowing event has been organized by the AAWE, an association representing American women living in Paris, for the past 40 years. It’s a wonderful opportunity for expats to mingle and enjoy holiday good cheer. There are excellent bargains for used books, toys and clothing as well as gifts galore!
When: December 3, 2016, 9:30am to 7pm
Where: American Church in Paris, 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
Fashion Scandals Through the Centuries
A hot fashion exhibit, Tenue Correcte Exigée, opens this weekend at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs displaying over 400 garments and accessories that scandalized society when first worn. Featuring everything from flying skirts, feminine pants and masculine skirts to ripped jeans, bare wraps and full fledged cover-ups, this curated original collection from the 14th century to today reflects how our moral codes evolve with time and reflect society’s head space. Mon Dieu, what’s in fashion these days?!
When: December 1, 2016 to April 23, 2017
Where:Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
And for those who can’t get enough of fashion and design, head next door to the Carousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création 2016 promoting the savoir-faire of 250 French artisans and showcasing the ingenius design of Danish creators.
When: December 1 – 4, 2016
Where: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Lego Expo: Brick by Brick Extravaganza
The magical season is in full force for your children and big kids at heart. Iconic Paris monuments – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedrale and more – have been rebuilt out of LEGO into giant sculptures for a special display during the holiday season. Organized by the Paris City Hall in partnership with LEGO, the exhibit offers daily LEGO workshops for children of all ages. Get a head start and reserve your places now ONLINE!
When: December 2 – December 30, 2016
Where: L’Espace Paris Rendez-Vous, 29 rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris
Poonam Pop-up Store for Unique Gifts
Still searching for unusual gift ideas for this season? Head into Paris’ Marais and check out Poonam’s popup store for unique artisanal fashion and accessory products from India. The high quality pieces of textile, jewelry and fashion garments are a tribute by Indian expat, Poonam Sharma Murray, to the artistic culture of her native country. Prices range from 3 euros for Christmas decorations to 300 euros for handmade embroidered jackets.
INSPIRELLE READER BONUS: Mention the code: INSPIRELLE in the pop-up store to benefit from a 5% discount.
When: November 30 – December 7, 2016. Check their WEBSITE for daily times.
Where: 4 rue Pasturelle, 75003 Paris