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Clockwise from top: Christmas store display (photo: Amélie Dupont); Garance visits Paris fashion week each year (photo: © Atout France/Eric Larrayadieu); glimpses from various fashion windows (photo: (© Atout France/Nathalie Baetens).

Les Puces de Montreuil Just on the outskirts of Paris in the 20th arrondissement is Montreuil’s flea market, still host to fashion bargains aplenty. “I really don’t have a vintage-style body and my feet are too big for women’s vintage shoes, but I love to dig out some great menswear – some old pants or great coats – to mix things up,” Garance says. Bargains abound. “I still have a favourite men’s coat that I bought for €5, and you can also find 1940s light fittings, furniture and antique glassware, toys and old cutlery.” Porte de Montreuil, 75020 Paris Rue des Saints-Peres St-Germain-des-Pres is one of the prettiest – and most popular –neighbourhoods in Paris. “On Rue des Saints-Peres you’ll find my favourite French jewellery designer, Aurelie Bidermann. The weathered patina of many pieces means it doesn’t look too perfect, which is very French,” notes Garance. And what better way to finish a day’s shopping than to enjoy a glass of champagne at Café de Flore? Take a seat inside with the locals. Rue des Saints-Peres, 75006 Paris

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