Imparfaite vintage fair

Imparfaite, the online professional marketplace for vintage clothing, is organizing its first vintage fair this weekend.

Taking place on 15-16 June in Paris’ Marais neighbourhood, it features 50 of the best vintage sellers from all over France. That’s some 10,000 items of vintage clothing and accessories for you to get your hands on.

The event also features conferences on the themes of sustainability, upcycling and fashion and entrepreneurship.

Tickets range from €7 to €20. On at Galerie Joseph, 116 rue du Turenne.


Violette Sauvage vide dressing

The last Violette Sauvage vide dressing event of the summer is taking place today at Paris’ Hippodrome d’Auteuil.

On from 11am to 8pm, the event features DJ sets, workshops and animations, a food corner, and of course, lots and lots of preloved and secondhand clothes.

Entry is €2.

Printemps launches sustainable shopping operation

printemps red crossFrench department store Printemps has launched an operation around sustainable shopping, dubbed Recréez, Réinventez (Recreate, Reinvent).

Donate your old clothes
A clothing collection for the French Red Cross is being organized, where you can donate your cast-offs at Printemps’ Parisian flagship up until 12 May. The items collected will be sold across the Red Cross’ network of 600 shops, and the funds raised will go towards financing the charity’s social initiatives.

Printemps has also teamed up with French brand Andrea Crews to launch a capsule collection of 20 upcycled pieces created from past-season collections of Printemps’ private-label brands Au Printemps de Paris and Brummell. The collection has been made in the ateliers of Tissons la Solidarité, an association that fights against social exclusion by combining fashion, recycling and getting people back into the workforce.

Vestiaire Collective lowers commission rates

Vestiaire-CollectiveShopping on Vestiaire Collective just got cheaper.

In a move spearheaded by new ceo Max Bittner, the online resale platform has overhauled its commission structure in a bid to let sellers sell faster.

The changes will in particular impact lower-priced pieces, with a fixed commission of $17 on items upto $170. Rare and desirable vintage finds, meanwhile, will be subject to a capped commission–$1,700 on products priced $8,500 and over.

IMG_8181Prices will drop by an average of 10% across the site’s catalogue of preloved pieces, Vestiaire Collective said.

According to Vestiaire, the resale industry is estimated to be around 8% of the €260bn luxury market, and is predicted to double in size by 2022.

& Other Stories to sell secondhand clothes

Screen Shot 2019-04-11 at 06.25.55Swedish retailer H&M is to start trialling the sale of secondhand clothing through its & Other Stories brand, Reuters reports.

Responding to consumer concerns about the environmental impact of fast fashion, the pilot project will launch on & Other Stories’ Swedish site thanks to a partnership with secondhand start-up Sellpy.

The aim is to expand the idea to other brands and markets in the coming years, H&M’s head of sustainability Anna Gedda said at an event in Berlin on the future of fashion.

According to online thrift store ThredUp, the market for secondhand apparel is set to double in size to $51bn over the next five years.

Violette Sauvage vide dressing March 9-10

French association Violette Sauvage is hosting a vide dressing this weekend at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

A shopaholic’s dream, expect hundreds of preloved pieces from the likes of Sandro, Maje, Chloé and The Kooples.

The secondhand clothing sale will also feature a beauty corner, tattoos, massages, a plant sale and a workshop where you can learn to make your own cosmetics.

On at Hippodrome d’Auteuil Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March 11am to 7pm. Entry is €2.

Les Armoires de Paris pop-up vide dressing

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 21.46.18.pngSaturday 13 October in the French capital is the Les Armoires de Paris pop-up vide dressing. This secondhand clothing sale promises a host of gems. In the past I’ve found Phoebe Philo-era Celine trousers for €50 and Sezane ankle boots for €30, so make sure you swing by and grab yourselves a bargain. As always, the earlier you get there, the more fabulousness you’ll find.

On at 2 rue Bauchamont, 75002, Paris from 11am to 6.30pm. Entry is free and includes a free drink.