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In this week's column, Alexandra Jacobs discovers that the new Comptoir des Cotonniers on the Upper West Side has a very un-French problem: Over-eager customer service. One employee even stocks Jacobs's dressing room with clothing she didn't pick out, "a gesture that, while thoughtful, also felt a bit reminiscent of Single White Female, the 1992 Bridget Fonda-Jennifer Jason Leigh movie filmed a mere five blocks away at the Ansonia." Also not exactly Gallic: Comptoir's factories. The clothes are all tagged "Designed in France. Made in China." [NYT]