Just returned from a fabulous week in Paris and have to say, I was really disappointed with the main Hermes store. Went there on Tuesday afternoon and it felt more like a department store than an exclusive, high brand store. The place was packed and my husband laughed and said there was basically 4 types of people in the place; 1) Mutton dressed as lamb 2) Goldiggers with more money than sense 3) Homosexuals 4) Tourists who had wandered in to see what all the fuss was about As I decided not to buy ANYTHING in the shop, I think I fall into the 4th category! I had thought about buying an Evelyne PM but after viewing the frenzied buying, decided I really couldn't justify spending 1140 euro on a single bag so headed out to La Vallee discount store and bought; 1) An Armani wool jacket in a lovely grape colour. Cost 240 euro 2) Longchamp suede slouch bag, suede gloves, suede belt and a leather bracelet with a cute little Longchamp charm. Cost 310 Euro 3) Lancel leather bag in a gorgeous fushia colour. Cost 214 euro 4) Escada boots in blue suede from a kid's shop (I'm a 38 so can get into childrens shoes) plus a Escada Gilet in the same colour with embroidery across it. Cost 118 euro 5) Molton Brown travel set with 6 minatures (x2). Cost 30 euro 6) Darjarling dressing gown in a raspberry shade with little embroidered "smarties". Cost 45 Euro Then went to Galeries Lafayette and bought a pair of Parcours Boots in a lovely dark blue and suede leather. Cost 197 euro Total 1154 euro Now, don't get me wrong - I do love Hermes products [I bought my grail scarf "La Vie Du Grand Nord" in Cashmere from a lovely lady on eBay recently] but I really can't justify spending 1140 on a single bag [that isn'ts lined or anything] when I can get SOOO much more from other outlets where the sales assistant really took the time to chat to me [and didn't laugh at my pigeon French] and my husband wasn't getting "eyed up" by some over 50 bloke! [BTW, before anyone makes a comment, he thought it was flattering - and we both have no problem with individuals who chose to share their lives with the same sex]. Whether I buy Hermes in the future - probably, but I don't think it's as luxurious and exclusive as people make it out to be. There were ladies there buying 3, 4, 5 handbags [and yes, they included Birkins] which I found obscene and a bit vulgar to be honest. Sorry Ladies but I wasn't impressed.