Les Emplettes edition noël

Les Emplettes is back with its last pop-up vide dressing in Paris before the end of the year.

At the preview event tonight there were some great pieces on sale: a green leather jacket from the Chloè main line for €380, a Louis Vuitton chunky knit for €80 and a Guess black faux fur jacket, also for €80.

Also of note were the Claudie Pierlot classic parkas that are always sought after, the Balanciaga skirt for €65 and the Guess cold shoulder sparkly jumper for €40.

There’s also some new clothing pieces and new accessories-the leather coin purses for €5 would make a great stocking filler.

At 7 rue Bachaumont. 75002 from 15-17 December, 10am – 8pm


Marcel – A dépôt-vente in Butte aux Cailles

Despite having lived in the area for a number of years, I didn’t stumble across this wonderful shop until recently.

Marcel sells preloved clothing, shoes and accessories, as well boasting homeware items and section for those aged 0-14.

It’s not the cheapest overall, but there is a wide selection of brands – from Monoprix to Maje – so there is something for every budget.

I particularly liked the Maje suede jacket for €154 that I recently posted on Instagram, and a black and white Michael Kors dress that was around €60.

At 10/10 bis rue de l’espérance, 75013 Paris

Vestiaire Collective’s Paris pop-up shop

The pop-up shop of luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective in Paris offers such a carefully curated selection of preloved (although you wouldn’t know it) clothes, shoes and accessories that you’ll want to buy the entire shop.

Dior, Chanel, YSL, Balenciaga….all the usual suspects are here. From the Louis Vuitton belted coat to the Prada camel suede dress, everything is so fabulous, on-trend and eminently wearable that it’s difficult to pick just one stand-out piece. Because that Gucci bag would go so well with that Valentino dress, and that Chanel purse is a timeless classic… and before you know it, you’ll need to take out a second mortgage.

Because that’s the thing. The prices. While 900€ for a YSL bag starts to look quite cheap next to €2,200 for a Prada, I’m sadly not in the habit of casually handing over €500 notes (as someone was doing when I was there).

That said, if I could have bought with impunity I would have, so if you can afford it, or want to seriously treat yourself, then this is the place to go. And if you’ve got any money left over, there’s a cafe at the back of the shop run by Le Petit Comité.

The shop will also play host to a series of events such as talks and book signings. On 17 & 18 November, shop the charity sale organized by supermodel and philanthropist Toni Garrn- your chance to snap up items donated by the likes of Kate Moss and Giselle.

La Boutique Vestiaire Collective – Until 31 January, 24bis rue saint roch, 75001

Vestiaire Collective to open first boutique, launches fashion campaign

Vestiaire CollectiveFrance-based luxury retail site Vestiaire Collective is to open its first boutique on October 19, for four months.

Located in the heart of Paris, the pop-up will offer Parisians and tourists the opportunity to shop a curated selection of luxury, pre-owned items. They can also have a coffee at the Vestiaire Café, and leave with a bouquet of flowers from renowned florist Racine Paris.

Vestiaire Collective is also debuting its first-ever fashion campaign, at the beginning of Paris Fashion Week. The campaign features international model of the moment Lexi Boling, Parisian ‘It’ boy Paul Hameline, and Japanese cover star Manami Kinoshita.

The campaign launched on September 28 and will run across 11 of Vestiaire Collective’s key markets, including France, US, UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Launched in October 2009, Vestiairecollective.com has over 6 million members across 48 countries. Some 30,000 new items are submitted to the site each week.

Earlier this year, Vestiaire Collective announced a $65m investment to fuel global growth, specifically in the US and Asia Pacific, and increase operational capabilities.

Hermèsmatic pops up in Paris


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Is your vintage Hermès silk scarf in need of an upgrade? Welcome to Hermèsmatic, a pop-up laundromat on Paris’ rue de Sèvres where you can dye your Hermès classic carré a fetching shade of hot pink, bright red or denim blue.

The location in Paris is the latest incarnation of a string of Hermèsmatic installations—they’ve previously popped up in Strasbourg, Munich, Kyoto, Amsterdam and Geneva.

And if you don’t already own an Hermès carré, you can always purchase one at the boutique. These specially created, dip-dyed scarves features patterns from the Hermès archive and come in nine different shades.

7-17 June 2017
10.30am – 7pm
Hermès Sèvres, 17 rue de Sèvres, Paris 75006

A visit to En Voiture Simone

69248D86-1B9D-4D4C-B874-8B007B0905B8Recently opened Parisian concept store En Voiture Simone sells a range of secondhand vintage and contemporary designers. Preloved pieces include items from the likes of Kenzo, Charlotte Olympia, Carven and Saint Laurent. The careful curation of items makes for an enjoyable browsing experience, and ensures you don’t miss something fabulous.

Having said to my friend not five minutes before how I needed a new pair of trainers, I immediately honed in on the pair of blue seude Pumas with houndstooth detail (pictured). They were unworn and I paid €55. Given that I haven’t taken them off since, I’ll definitely be getting my money’s worth. Meanwhile, my friend bought a black, mint condition Kenzo jacket for a fairly pricey price (although not compared to the original price), but is adamant that it will be a wardrobe staple for years to come. I’m not one to argue with that since I’m fairly certain I said the same thing about my pricey Kenzo dress bought from dépôt-vente La Marelle.

I discovered En Voiture Simone thanks to Instagram, then realised I’d met one of the ladies who runs it at the Emmaüs dressing chic event a few weeks ago. She’s absolutely lovely, clearly knows her fashion and has a great sense of style. I’ll definitely be back to see what other gems are to be found, but probably not this side of payday….

En Voiture Simone
73 rue de Turbigo
Metro: Temple


A visit to Come on Eileen at Bastille


A few doors down from dépôt vente Le Cloakroom on rue des Taillandiers in the Bastille neighbourhood of Paris is Come on Eileen. You might remember that I previously wrote about Come on Eileen in the Parisian suburb of Kremlin-Bicêtre, and there is a third outpost on rue de Rivoli which I’m yet to explore.

Come on Eileen looks like a musty vintage shop at first glance, but is actually home to some surprisingly modern treasures–designer names like Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier jostle for space with Zadig & Voltaire cashmere, Vanessa Bruno coats and Manoush dresses. If you don’t spend time going through the rails, however, you’ll see the crusty Chanel ballet pumps and beat up pairs of Converse, and automatically think that there is nothing for you here.

I was tempted by a burgundy Tara Jarmon dress for €60 (the man working in the shop said I could have it for €50), but as it was the day before pay day, I didn’t splash the cash in the end. However, I did learn a valuable tip–don’t be afraid to ask them to knock money off the price in here.

Come on Eileen
16/18 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris