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.

Upcycling
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.

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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.

La Fête de la Récup’ 2018

Screen Shot 2018-06-16 at 09.21.17.pngThis weekend (16-17 June) is La Fête de la Récup’, a two-day event dedicated to sustainable and secondhand consumption.

The theme of this year’s event is La Maison du Réemploi – basically, everything you can do around the home to reuse, recycle, cut down on waste, be more green etc.

You can shop secondhand, learn how to save those jeans with a hole in them, get some ideas on how to revamp your furniture and take in a concert or two. And because it sounds like thirsty work, you can grab an artisanal beer on your way out.

On at Halles des Blancs Manteaux, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004.

Secondhand shopping events in Paris this weekend

The month of June has arrived, bringing with it a host of secondhand shopping events in Paris. And on Saturday 2 June there’s enough going on for you to fill up your whole day with a bit of retail therapy. Feeling a bit flush after payday? Read on to find out what’s happening in the French capital this weekend.

Marupe pop-up store

The Marupe pop-up store in Boulogne Billancourt is open until 10 June, at 49 rue Gambetta. Head here for pristine preloved pieces that are bang on trend.

Les Emplettes

Les Emplettes is back with a summer edition this weekend, at 70 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud from Friday 1 June until Sunday 3 June. Don’t miss this if you’re in need of a new wardrobe for the warmer months.

Les Agaçantes braderie chic

If you’re sticking to a budget, the Les Agaçantes braderie chic on at 16 rue des Minimes on 2 June is not to be missed. Everything is priced at €5 and €10, and there’s a luxury corner with items under €30. Entry is €2 and includes a free coffee.

Violette Sauvage luxury edition

The Violette Sauvage team is hosting its first luxury edition this weekend. So if you fancy a shopping splurge, it’s on at Station (13/15 rue Pont-aux-choux) on 2 and 3 June. Entry is €3, or €5 with a glass of prosecco.

La Friperie Solidaire

If shopping secondhand for a good cause floats your boat, La Friperie Solidaire at 17 rue Chaligny is hosting a special sale on Saturday 2 June.