French 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.
App-based consignment store Marupe is hosting a pop-up in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt from 22 May until 10 June.
So if you’ve browsed the app, liked what you saw but are yet to take the plunge, the pop-up store is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. You’ll be able to get gems such as a pair of Jonak loafers for €80, an American Retro jacket for €95 and a Claudie Pierlot t-shirt for €35.
On at 49 rue Gambetta, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Parisian secondhand store Bis Boutique is hosting a special sale of vintage and designer items at its rue Lamartine shop on Saturday 19 May.
There will be 500 pieces to rifle through, including Manolo Blahnik shoes for €45, a Kenzo catwalk dress for €20 and an Etro dress for €16.
As you can see, everything’s as cheap as chips, so expect a big crowd in the early morning.
At 19 rue Lamartine, 75009, from 10am.
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 dress for €9 and a top from L’Edito Paris (the private label line of department store Printemps), which is rather Gucci-inspired and was pricier at €18, but it’s all for a good cause, right? Also spotted was a suede fringed IKKS jacket, a pair of black patent Chie Mihara heels and a brand new with tags Paul & Joe shirt.
Ding Fring, 340 rue des Pyrenées, 75020
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 from the staff here, and the shop regularly plays host to events. In February, for example, it welcomed French association Astérya, for an evening around the topic of how to dress in an eco-responsible way.
Love & Dress, 45 rue d’hauteville, 75010
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 dress from The Kooples (which did have a button missing but you could replace them all if you’re handy with a needle and thread) and a pair of Isabel Marant for H&M jeans.
And behind the counter there were two Christian Dior silk scarves for €40 each (I posted these on my Instagram).
Although I came away empty handed, this shop is so big you will almost certainly find a gem when you visit.
At 111 avenue de la république, Aubervilliers. Metro: Quatre Chemins (line 7).
Bobby on Paris’ Rue Réaumur is one of the French capital’s secondhand clothing stores that should be high on your agenda.
Service aside, this two-storey shop has a lot going for it. It’s in a cool area (I recommend you go to Matamata Coffee Bar afterwards to refuel with a cappuccino and avocado toast), is bright and airy and has a great selection of preloved pieces on sale.
There are a lot of clothes on the rails, and while this increases the chances that you’ll find something to take home with you, it can be rather overwhelming.
Secondhand items spotted during my visit included a Sezane stripy top for €28, brand new with tags Geox black heeled boots for €80 and a brand new Chanel foundation for €22.
For me the standout piece was the Mary Katrantzou x Disney x Colette sequin jumper for €200 – pieces in this collection (launched in November 2017 at Parisian concept store Colette, which has now closed) seem to have started at around €560 when new.
At 89 rue Réaumur, 75002