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Buy, buy Paris

Buy, buy Paris

PARIS — Full disclosure: I love-love-love this city. In the springtime. In the fall. In the summer, when it sizzles. In the winter, when it drizzles (though not so much when it snows!) Merci, Cole Porter. I visit twice a year on business, for Maison et Object, a home-fashions trade show at the Parc des Expositions, a 45-minute RER train ride just before Charles de Gaulle Airport. There I dash around eight ginormous halls (1.4 million square feet!), reporting on trends — color, pattern, texture, the shape of things soon to come across the pond. So I am attuned to all things design: on the street, in the shops, in restaurants. I see Paris as the ne plus ultra of shopping, and...