Two in three British women happy to buy secondhand and preloved clothing

Some 64% of British woman say they would purchase secondhand clothing, up from 45% in 2016, according to a survey commissioned to mark the launch of preloved clothing retailer Patatam.co.uk. Continue reading Two in three British women happy to buy secondhand and preloved clothing

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Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers

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 … Continue reading Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers

A visit to En Voiture Simone

Recently 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 … Continue reading A visit to En Voiture Simone

Emmaüs Alternatives mega vente au kilo

French solidarity movement Emmaüs is organizing a giant clothing sale this week in Paris, with 1 kilo costing 10€. Spread over some 900m2 of sales space will be clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories and household linens. And apparently, some big brand names will be up for grabs, so get ready to rummage. The sale will also feature an upcycling space, and the Les Résilientes X Emmaüs Alternatives  collaboration will also be present, with some funky lights made from coat hangers. A collection point will be set up at the entrance of the event (entry is … Continue reading Emmaüs Alternatives mega vente au kilo

Designer brands sale at Emmaüs Boutique Davout

Today, Saturday  4 March, is a special designer brands sale (Vente Spéciale Marques) at the Emmaüs Boutique in Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The sale started yesterday, so I went along to see what brands and bargains were to be had. A special mention goes to the Isabel Marant silk skirt that’s perfect for summer–probably one of the best items in the shop and sure to get snapped up quickly, at €35.50. There were a pair of black patent Chanel heels for €135, and, my personal favourite, a black Miu Miu wool mini skirt for €65.50. I absolutely loved the skirt, but it was very mini indeed, … Continue reading Designer brands sale at Emmaüs Boutique Davout

Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds

This week’s fashion finds are some of the best bargains I’ve had this year, and all are courtesy of French solidarity movement Emmaüs. The pink cashmere jumper with glitter hem and cuffs is a new favourite, and has already received lots of compliments – bought for €2 at the Emmaüs kilo shop on Paris’ Rue Quincampoix. The black United Colors of Benetton cardigan with pearl buttons was snapped up at the same shop, also for €2, and the brown heeled lace-up brogues from Portuguese footwear brand Tatuaggi were bought from a different Emmaüs outpost for €4. Continue reading Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds

Snapping up a Sandro

This week’s fabulous fashion find comes in the form of a midnight blue dress from French fashion brand Sandro. It features three-quarter length sleeves, an exposed zip and a belt with a snap fastener. I saw this dress on luxury fashion resale site Vestiaire Collective, priced at a bargain €29 and described as being in excellent condition. With postage, the total came to €37.90 – a pretty good deal given that Sandro dresses retail at between €165 and €325. I’ve never seen a Sandro dress priced this cheaply in a dépôt vente, and such an item would probably be quite … Continue reading Snapping up a Sandro

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

Haute Couture under the hammer

Today I went to an exhibit of haute-couture organised by Parisian auction house Artcurial. On display at the famous Hôtel Drouot in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the (mostly vintage) pieces came from various collectors and are set to go under the hammer tomorrow, February 3. From Chanel to Christian Dior via Courrèges, there are some great pieces up for auction, with some 550 lots in total. My favourite was the Balenciaga Haute Couture coat dress from circa 1948, which had an estimate of between €2,500 and €4,500. Other items aren’t expected to go for as much, however; a Franck Sorbier dress worn by the actress Saïda Jawad at Paris … Continue reading Haute Couture under the hammer

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