Chercheminippes – A Paris institution

Chercheminippes is something of a Paris institution when it comes to consignment stores.

It has a total of seven shops on the chic rue de cherche-midi in the French capital’s 6th arrondissement: one for babies and children; one for teenagers; a menswear shop; a homeware treasure trove; a women’s footwear and accessories store; mid-to-high-end women’s designer fashion, and high-end women’s designer fashion.

So whether you’re in the market for a Hermès bag, some new cushions or a pair of J brand jeans, chances are you’ll find it at Chercheminippes. There’s also a good selection of (unopened) skincare and cosmetics – great if your budget is more like Asda but your tastes are Armani. I have in the past bought Chanel nail polish from here for about half the retail price.

Preloved pieces spotted during my visit include an Equipment silk shirt (at €95 it’s more than double the price of that seen at dépôt vente La Cloakroom but still around 70% off the RRP), A canary yellow American Retro coat reduced to €177 and a Christian Dior trench coat for €695.

At 106-124 rue de Cherche-midi 75006


La grande braderie de Mona – My Little Paris

Mona, the pop-up co-working space created by My Little Paris, opens its doors one last time to the public today to sell off all the furniture and accessories that have graced the space over the last three months.

Despite arriving at 10am on the dot, the big queue snaking up the street suggested that most bargains would be snapped up before I even set foot inside. And indeed, the retro typewriter, velvet chairs and most of the inspirational quotes sported sold stickers or had been reserved by the time I got to them.

As expected, the big ticket items were slower to sell. If I had a fabulous Parisian apartment capable of accommodating a large sofa (and €1000 to spare) I might have been tempted to splash out, idem for the rather pricey but fabulous rugs.

What I really wanted was the printed Estée Lauder quote (“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it”), but someone else sadly got there before me.

There were, however, lots of Louise Roe vases, a large variety of plants and a fair few cushions still for sale so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

On until 7pm at 118 rue du Turenne, Saturday 30 December.

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, 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