Snapping up a Sandro

This week’s fabulous fashion find comes in the form of a midnight blue dress from French fashion brand Sandro. It features three-quarter length sleeves, an exposed zip and a belt with a snap fastener. I saw this dress on luxury fashion resale site Vestiaire Collective, priced at a bargain €29 and described as being in excellent condition. With postage, the total came to €37.90 – a pretty good deal given that Sandro dresses retail at between €165 and €325. I’ve never seen a Sandro dress priced this cheaply in a dépôt vente, and such an item would probably be quite … Continue reading Snapping up a Sandro

A visit to Emmaüs’ kilo shop

Yesterday I stumbled across an Emmaüs charity shop in central Paris that sells clothes by the kilo. Secondhand clothes come from other Emmaüs shops so still have the original price stickers on. This confused me initially, but apparently you disregard the pricing and pay €10 per kilo. The same does not apply to shoes and bags, sadly, so I was disappointed to learn that I would not be getting a pair of Melissa sandals with gold block heels for potentially a lot less than the €35 price tag. The shop itself is clean, airy and well laid out, which makes for a great shopping experience. … Continue reading A visit to Emmaüs’ kilo shop

Haute Couture under the hammer

Today I went to an exhibit of haute-couture organised by Parisian auction house Artcurial. On display at the famous Hôtel Drouot in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the (mostly vintage) pieces came from various collectors and are set to go under the hammer tomorrow, February 3. From Chanel to Christian Dior via Courrèges, there are some great pieces up for auction, with some 550 lots in total. My favourite was the Balenciaga Haute Couture coat dress from circa 1948, which had an estimate of between €2,500 and €4,500. Other items aren’t expected to go for as much, however; a Franck Sorbier dress worn by the actress Saïda Jawad at Paris … Continue reading Haute Couture under the hammer