Inspired by a 2006 thread in the Chanel forum (http://forum.purseblog.com/chanel/parisians-and-chanel-22343.html), would love to hear from our TPFers who've lived/travelled in Paris: 1) Do Parisians wear Hermes nowadays? 2) If so, what do they wear: Birkins? Kellys? Newer style bags? Scarves? And does this vary by district/arr. and age? 3) Parisians, please chime in on current parisian style? What are popular brands? My impression from being there is that young parisians really dress differently from older ones, with the younger set going for H&M/Zara/APC while the older set goes for what Americans would recognize as "iconic" french brands. An interesting tidbit from my 20-something Parisian friends, which might explain why the French-designed Birkin and Kelly are short-handled: they told me that they prefer to carry handheld bags rather than shoulder bags, because shoulder bags throw off the lines of their clothes. Once they told me this, I noticed that every girl I passed was indeed carrying a "hand" bag, even if she was in heels and toting groceries 10 blocks back to her apartment! In America, it seems the converse is true: more shoulder bags. I've heard it's because they're more convenient and leave hands free (for toting a Starbucks cuppa?).