Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais

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 … Continue reading Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais

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

La Recyclerie Troc Party

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 … Continue reading La Recyclerie Troc Party

Friday blues

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 … Continue reading Friday blues

Dress in the City

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 … Continue reading Dress in the City

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