Vestiaire Collective’s Paris pop-up reveals archive secrets

An event held at Vestiaire Collective’s pop-up store in Paris last night gave a fascinating insight into the archive secrets of French luxury houses Hermès, Dior, Givenchy and Rochas. During a talk led by fashion journalist Ilaria Casati, attendees learned about what constitutes an archive, what role they play and how they are added to over the years. While archives have an immense importance for the history and DNA of fashion houses, Casati questioned whether, in light of the current phenomenon of designers returning to the archives for inspiration, they are now becoming a marketing tool for brands. Participating in … Continue reading Vestiaire Collective’s Paris pop-up reveals archive secrets

Le Cosy Corner – budget deco

If you’re looking to decorate your Parisian home on a budget (because most of your money will be going on rent), then Le Cozy Corner has the solution for you. The company organizes sales of secondhand items that come from professional establishments including hotels, restaurants and shops. And this weekend (27-28 January 2018) Le Cozy Corner is hosting its first sale – setting up shop at Point Éphémère to sell items from Maison Options, the European leader in furniture and decorations hire for events. You’ll be able to snap up a sofa for €70, a lamp for €11 and a … Continue reading Le Cosy Corner – budget deco

Secondhand sales shopping in Paris

The start of the sales always whips people into a frenzy in France as they only happen twice a year (the winter sales start the second Wednesday in January, while the summer sales begin on the fourth Wednesday of June). Some people even take the day off work and are queuing up outside the shops at 8am, ready to be let loose on the bargains (or maybe that was just me, outside Galeries Lafayette a few years ago). But when the sales start tomorrow on 10 January, instead of hitting up regular retail I’ll be doing a bit of secondhand … Continue reading Secondhand sales shopping in Paris

Parisian secondhand clothing store Bobby

Bobby on Paris’ Rue Réaumur is one of the French capital’s secondhand clothing stores that should be high on your agenda. Service aside, this two-storey shop has a lot going for it. It’s in a cool area (I recommend you go to Matamata Coffee Bar afterwards to refuel with a cappuccino and avocado toast), is bright and airy and has a great selection of preloved pieces on sale. There are a lot of clothes on the rails, and while this increases the chances that you’ll find something to take home with you, it can be rather overwhelming. Secondhand items spotted … Continue reading Parisian secondhand clothing store Bobby

Chercheminippes – A Paris institution

Chercheminippes is something of a Paris institution when it comes to consignment stores. It has a total of seven shops on the chic rue de cherche-midi in the French capital’s 6th arrondissement: one for babies and children; one for teenagers; a menswear shop; a homeware treasure trove; a women’s footwear and accessories store; mid-to-high-end women’s designer fashion, and high-end women’s designer fashion. So whether you’re in the market for a Hermès bag, some new cushions or a pair of J brand jeans, chances are you’ll find it at Chercheminippes. There’s also a good selection of (unopened) skincare and cosmetics – … Continue reading Chercheminippes – A Paris institution