Rammed with outlets, the Rue de Rennes was once the stomping ground of grumpy shoppers with blistered feet who had to elbow their way past the shopping-bag-bearing hordes. But this busy artery has since benefited from a pavement widening project which has almost doubled the pedestrian space. But even if it is now less crowded out on the street, it's impossible to say the same thing of the inside of Sophie Sacs during the sales. The boutique doesn’t owe its notoriety to its longevity alone (it was opened in 1976), but also to its year-round rock-bottom prices. It offers a plethora of bags to choose from: handbags, shoulderbags, backpacks, leatherbags, fabric bags – all in a space reminiscent of a Middle Eastern souk. However narrow its corridors may be, all of Paris comes here to dig up supple leather bags by Nat & Nin, waterproof Eastpaks or other treasures.
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