A visit to Violette et Leonie

img_7443Parisian 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.

Seen
Carven print dress 117.50
Barbara Bui jacket 160
Blue Karl Lagerfeld bag
235

Bought
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.

 

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2 thoughts on “A visit to Violette et Leonie

    1. Oh thanks for letting me know! That’s a shame, and bad news for people who had consigned items with them. Have there been any developments do you know?

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