This weekend is the Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais on Paris’ rue des Archives.
You’re always guaranteed to find some great stuff at these events, and today was no exception: I spotted a red Sandro dress for €60, a Gucci-esque embroidered Zara skirt for €10, and a gorgeous Sezane grey and black polka dot mini skirt for €35. Emphasis on the mini, sadly, as even for a Brit it was just too short.
So what did I buy? If I had size 5 feet I would have bought the Sezane leopard print trainers and the Claudie Pierlot x Veja pair, but I don’t, so instead picked up two pairs of brand-new-with-tags Noisy May jeans for €20 each. This Danish brand offers good quality denim at great prices, so if you live in jeans, you’ll want to check it out. I’m always on the hunt for jeans that don’t go baggy on the knee – from J brand to Acne, Levis, zara and H&M, I’ve tried them all and always wound up disappointed, so fingers crossed that this Scandi brand will live up to expectations.
Violette Sauvage vide dressing – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, La Cour du Marais, 81 rue des Archives, 75003.
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).
La Recyclerie in Paris’ 18th arrondissement is hosting a Troc Party (Swap Party) this Friday August 25 from 7pm to 8pm.
La Recyclerie is part cafe-bar, part collaborative workshop and part urban farm (it recently welcomed a new rabbit called Bowie).
It’s free to participate in the Troc Party (you get a ticket via Weezevent)—all you have to do is bring the clothes you no longer want, find ones that you do, and make sure you take back your items that didn’t find a new home (or place them in the on-site clothing bin as you leave).
Throughout the summer and until the end of September, La Recyclerie plays host to flea markets along a stretch of Paris’ unused Petite Ceinture railway (La Recyclerie was once a train station). So if you’re looking for a cool place to have brunch and then do a bit of bargain hunting, La Recyclerie is highly recommended.
83 boulevard d’Ornano
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt
A trip back to England to see my family also means a trip to the charity shops. Pictured are some of my bargain buys from my latest visit across the channel.
Deane & white cashmere jumper: £15 at St Oswald’s Hospice shop
La Redoute breton stripe top: £2 at British Red Cross
Live, Laugh, Love cushion: £1.99 at The Salvation Army
Every time I think spring has finally arrived in Paris, it starts to rain. Today’s outfit is all a bit blue: H&M jacket that I originally bought for a friend but which she said looks better on me (I wasn’t going to argue with that); See by Chloé patterned top, and J brand jeans. Everything was bought secondhand in Paris.
If you haven’t yet tried J brand I recommend you do so, but if you can’t justify the price tag, I find H&M and Zara jeans to be very good as well.
The Miu Miu perfume in the picture was a gift—I love it both for its smell and the fact the ad campaign featured a black and white kitten.
Another day, another sustainable fashion concept. Dress in the City stands out for the way it combines the sale of preloved items online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
Launched by Florence Faure, Dress in the City allows people to buy (and sell) via its app and e-boutique, as well as at pop-up stores in shopping centres in Ile-de-France.
Dress in the City will be at the Parly 2 shopping centre from March 22 – April 1, 2017, at So Ouest from 19-29 April and at Vélizy 2 from 20-30 April. In store, the peculiarity lies in the method of purchase. You register your bank details via the app (as you would for Uber, for example), then scan a QR code and validate the purchase, which unlocks the item’s security tag.
A quick look at its website reveals a host of mid- and high-end secondhand items on sale (at around 70% off the rrp on average, according to Faure), including an Yves Saint Laurent Muse bag for €850, a pair of Repetto ballet shoes for €69, a Carven jumper for €59 and a Zara black peplum top with necklace detail for €22.
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 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