La fripe c’est chic: Neith Nyer Paris fashion week show at Guerrisol

Up-and-coming brand Neith Nyer showcased its fall-winter 2017-2018 collection at Parisian thrift store Guerrisol during Paris Fashion Week. Brazilian designer Francisco Terra, who previously worked at Givenchy and Carven, presented a collection that was very thrift-store chic with a retro vibe. Models sported some funky headgear, sheer black fabrics, pastels and floral prints. My favourite look was the leopard print coat teamed with relaxed denim. Continue reading La fripe c’est chic: Neith Nyer Paris fashion week show at Guerrisol

A visit to Emmaüs’ kilo shop

Yesterday I stumbled across an Emmaüs charity shop in central Paris that sells clothes by the kilo. Secondhand clothes come from other Emmaüs shops so still have the original price stickers on. This confused me initially, but apparently you disregard the pricing and pay €10 per kilo. The same does not apply to shoes and bags, sadly, so I was disappointed to learn that I would not be getting a pair of Melissa sandals with gold block heels for potentially a lot less than the €35 price tag. The shop itself is clean, airy and well laid out, which makes for a great shopping experience. … Continue reading A visit to Emmaüs’ kilo shop

A visit to La Cloakroom dépôt-vente

La Cloakroom in the Bastille area of Paris is the kind of dépôt-vente that looks like a high-end boutique. Clothes are nicely spaced on the rails, everything is in perfect condition, and the space is light and airy. It’s been open for about a year and a half, and according to the girl who runs it, does well as there are no other dépôt-ventes in the area. From Balenciaga to Ba&sh, La Cloakroom has a great selection of on-trend pieces from some of the hottest labels around. Prices are quite reasonable too, with something for every budget; an Oasis tartan top was €15, a … Continue reading A visit to La Cloakroom dépôt-vente

Shopping solidaire at Les Grands Voisins

Off the beaten track in Paris is a special sort of utopian village that makes you feel as though you are in the heart of life in the countryside rather than in the middle of the French capital. Les Grands Voisins is a project that brings together associations and institutions in the area of social and solidarity-based economy. Set up on what was once the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, the site includes accommodation, ateliers, a shop selling secondhand and up-cycled goods, and a cafe/bar that’s proven popular with the hipster crowd. Today was the Marché des Grands Voisins, a secondhand … Continue reading Shopping solidaire at Les Grands Voisins

eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

Although I’m yet to buy a secondhand designer bag online, my default go-to website for a quick browse is always Vestiaire Collective. Why? Because when you buy an item via the site, it is automatically inspected by Vestiaire Collective’s team, who are said to be highly trained in spotting counterfeits. So you can be sure that what you are forking out a lot of money for is indeed the genuine article. Probably the last place I would look is eBay, because we so often hear stories of people buying goods that turn out to be fake—Christina Warren of Gizmodo wrote … Continue reading eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

Les Emplettes vente flash

Parisian pop-up Les Emplettes is back this weekend with a flash sale. This mini edition spanning just two days is sure to throw up some great secondhand bargains, so I’ll definitely be stopping by. During the December edition, labels for sale included Eric Bompard, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Sandro, Maje and Balmain, so I’m excited to see what will be on the rails this time around. Les Emplettes, 11 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris. From 14-15 January 10am-8pm Continue reading Les Emplettes vente flash

A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

French luxury resale website Vestiaire Collective has opened a pop-up shop at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental hotel. The pop-up is running from Dec 13 – Dec 22, with prices ranging from €100 – €30,000, according to Vogue. Given that I regularly drool over the designer pieces on Vestiaire Collective (and because it’s not every day that I get to go to a five star hotel), I had to go and check them out in real life. Even though the designer items on display were ‘preloved’, they looked entirely unused. A leather Saint Laurent jacket, a Chanel bag, a beautiful beaded dress that I … Continue reading A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

A visit to Eileen dépôt vente

I’ve never seen anything quite like Eileen. This dépôt vente in Paris’ 5th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Jardin des Plantes, is popular with university students on a budget. It’s something of an institution, and has been going since 1983. Gilles, the owner, is very friendly, although not quite as friendly as his dog, who spent a good few minutes sniffing at me excitedly. ‘You must either have a dog or a cat,’ said Gilles perceptively. Ah, that explained it. He could smell the moggy on me. There are rails of clothes in Eileen, but there are also piles … Continue reading A visit to Eileen dépôt vente

Once Again online secondhand store

Today I’m talking about Once Again, a French online secondhand store that aims to make fashion accessible while promoting the reuse and recycling of unwanted clothing. You can send your unwanted clothes to Once Again and they’ll pay you cash and sell them for you. This is a great idea for anyone looking to do their bit for the environment and who doesn’t want the hassle of listing things online. And for those of you who are buying, delivery to a Point Relais collection point is free when you spend over €50 Seen Pair of purple and grey Vans €15.95 … Continue reading Once Again online secondhand store

A visit to Violette et Leonie

Parisian secondhand concept store Violette et Leonie is, in a word, fabulous. Laid out like a boutique, it sells secondhand Carven, Louis Vuitton and The Kooples in pristine condition. I used to go to this dépôt-vente (consignment store) years ago when it had two shops (on rue du Poitou and rue de Saintonge), and bought a Kenzo bag with my first ever Parisian paycheck, so I can’t quite believe it’s been in its new premises for two years and I hadn’t set foot inside until last weekend. Although, given the amount of things I wanted to buy, this has in hindsight … Continue reading A visit to Violette et Leonie