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, and then worked at Uniqlo before moving to American Apparel. And she also has an eye for chic and timeless vintage pieces that are built to last. Forget your grandma’s wardrobe – we’re talking Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, and a host of other vintage pieces that wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalk.
Beyond the ecological impact of giving secondhand items a new lease of life, Vintage &cætera will wrap your online order using furoshiki (a Japanese wrapping technique that means the fabric can be used again and again) and send it in recycled packaging.
And then there’s the social impact. Items for sale are sourced from charitable associations, and the boxes that orders are sent out in are bought from Carton-Plein, a company that helps get vulnerable people back in the workforce and which is specialized in recycling and reusing cardboard.
If you can’t wait for the sale on Saturday, Vintage &cætera has an Etsy shop.