Ding Fring fashion show

Parisian secondhand shop Ding Fring played host to a stylish secondhand fashion show last Thursday. Models sporting bright colors and bold prints were sent down the ‘catwalk’, and the ‘see now, buy it now’ philosophy meant you could purchase the up-cycled outfits straight after the show. The event was organized by Le Relais Val de Seine (which sorts, recycles and resells donated clothing, runs the Ding Fring shops and is part of solidarity movement Emmaus France) in partnership with designer Anaïs DW. The fashion show was followed by champagne and snacks, and of course some shopping. I bought an H&M … Continue reading Ding Fring fashion show

Marupe: Secondhand shopping 2.0

‘For everyone who likes fashion, good deals and personalized advice,’ is the ethos behind recently launched Marupe, an app-based consignment store. Part of a new wave of secondhand clothing concepts targeting style savvy millennials, Marupe was founded by Marion Russo-Pelosi (Marupe is an abbreviation of her name). Russo-Pelosi’s CV is impressive–she studied fashion design and then worked for Parisian couture houses, spent time as a stylist for television and then moved to ready-to-wear brand Maje. Each piece for sale on Marupe is styled and shot on a model, such as a Léon & Harper jumper (€60), a Maje denim dress … Continue reading Marupe: Secondhand shopping 2.0

Sustainable Style reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Paris

Change is coming, but it is coming slowly, was how FashionNetwork.com’s global editor-in-chief Godfrey Deeny summed up the panel talk at last night’s Sustainable Style Reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Paris. Moderated by Deeny, the panel featured four speakers: Claire Bergkamp, head of sustainability and ethical trade at Stella McCartney; Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion; Marie-Claire Daveau, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs at luxury group Kering (of which Stella McCartney is part); and Tamsin Lejeune, founder of global industry body Ethical Fashion Forum. The discussion covered such topics as sustainability … Continue reading Sustainable Style reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Paris

Les Agaçantes braderie chic in Paris this weekend

This weekend is the hotly anticipated Les Agaçantes Braderie Chic secondhand clothing sale in Paris. It’s the first one of the year, and promises to be a great one. With three floors of fashionistas clearing space in their wardrobes for new season purchases, you’re bound to find some brilliant cast offs. It’s the first time the event has combined €5 and €10 stands with €20 ones, so there will likely be a good mix of labels. Previously at this secondhand sale I’ve snapped up preloved (but barely worn) Uniqlo cashmere, a Bel Air blazer and a brand new with tags … Continue reading Les Agaçantes braderie chic in Paris this weekend

Love & Dress – modern vintage

Recently opened secondhand shop Love & Dress in Paris’ 10th arrondissement is a great mix of modern secondhand pieces and unapologetic vintage. It’s quite small, but packed with some real gems. My favourites were the Jil Sander top at €45 and the brand new Acne skinny jeans for €60. Apparently I was the second person that day to try and unsuccessfully shoehorn myself into a 25-inch waist…. Also of note is the shoe selection – from red patent Repetto flats to a leopard print creeper-style pair, everything is in excellent condition, on-trend and reasonably priced. You’ll get a great welcome … Continue reading Love & Dress – modern vintage

Vintage &cætera pops up in Paris

French online vintage clothing boutique Vintage &cætera is hosting its first physical sale this weekend in Paris. It’s on at Au Tables de Père Lachaise (44 boulevard Ménilmontant, 75020) on Saturday March 3 from 12pm to 8pm. Why should we be buying vintage and secondhand? As Vintage &cætera points out, from production to transport, fashion is the most polluting industry worldwide after the oil industry. Vintage&cætera is something of a new kid on the block – it was founded three months ago, but is quickly gaining popularity among the stylish, slow fashion set. Founder Amandine Grimbert has a humanitarian background, … Continue reading Vintage &cætera pops up in Paris

Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers

Last week, secondhand clothing chain Guerrisol inaugurated a new store in Aubervilliers, just outside of Paris. Guerrisol can’t be beaten on its prices – if you want a whole new wardrobe, you can get one here for very little outlay. You do have to rummage though, and make sure you check the condition of items. During my visit I spotted a pair of Minelli black leather shoe boots for €5, a blue Cos strapless dress also for €5, and a Falke top for, yep, you guessed it, €5. On the more expensive rail (we’re talking €10), there was a silk … Continue reading Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers