Parisian secondhand concept store Violette et Leonie is, in a word, fabulous. Laid out like a boutique, it sells secondhand Carven, Louis Vuitton and The Kooples in pristine condition.
I used to go to this dépôt-vente (consignment store) years ago when it had two shops (on rue du Poitou and rue de Saintonge), and bought a Kenzo bag with my first ever Parisian paycheck, so I can’t quite believe it’s been in its new premises for two years and I hadn’t set foot inside until last weekend. Although, given the amount of things I wanted to buy, this has in hindsight been rather good for my bank balance.
‘How much is the Louis Vuitton purse?’ I asked the woman running the shop after a friend and I had spent about an hour trying things on. ‘Expensive,’ was her reply, as if she thought I couldn’t afford it (and she would be right). It sported monogrammed leather, ostrich and snakeskin (it comes with the box and authentification card) and was priced at €700 instead of about €2,000 new. ‘And how much is the Chanel cuff?’ I persisted. ‘Also expensive’.
In the end, I settled on an €18 necklace with grey flowers, and vowed to start playing the lottery.
Put this shop on your list, because it is one of the best dépôt-ventes in Paris that I have been to.
Carven print dress €117.50
Barbara Bui jacket €160
Blue Karl Lagerfeld bag €235
Grey flower necklace €18
Violette et Leonie, 114 rue de Turenne, 75003, Paris
Open: Monday from 1pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am – 7.30pm, Sunday 2pm – 7pm.