To tell the truth, there's not much I can afford at the designers' boutiques. But that doesn't stop me from looking. I made the pilgrimage to the Hermes flagship store, home of the Kelly bag, the Birkin bag and those famous scarves. I did not leave empty-handed.
It's an intimidating little field trip to be sure. The sales help are all extremely chic, the clientele mostly monied, but you put on your best outfit, roll out your best textbook French and walk out of there with your little orange bag like you own the place. Because at that point you do own a small piece of it.
I have to say it's my favorite souvenir.