A visit to En Voiture Simone

69248D86-1B9D-4D4C-B874-8B007B0905B8Recently 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
Metro: Temple



Emmaüs Alternatives mega vente au kilo

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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 free) for anyone wishing to make donations.

The sale is taking place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March 2017, at the Halle des Blancs Manteaux in the heart of the Marais district in Paris’ 4th arrondissement.

La Halle des Blancs Manteaux
48 rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris
Metro Saint Paul

Designer brands sale at Emmaüs Boutique Davout

96dcc969-7a9c-46f0-8ee1-f0b0110cd350Today, 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, and the last thing I need is another black skirt, so I regretfully left it behind. My friend bought a gorgeous blue silk Les Petites ruffle blouse for €25.50 to add to her corporate wardrobe.

I’d definitely recommend a visit–don’t forget that all money spent goes to a great cause–just don’t make the same mistake I did and think that open until 7.30pm actually means 7.30pm. It means the cash desk shuts at 7.15pm. My friend and I raced across Paris after work thinking we’d have half an hour to shop but we only had 15 minutes. If I’d had more time to think about it and try it on properly (ie not just pull it on quickly over my jeans), I probably would have bought the Miu Miu skirt. Ah well, I suppose I could always go back today….

Emmaüs Boutique DAVOUT
105 boulevard Davout
75020 PARIS
Métro Porte de Montreuil
Open 11am – 7.30pm

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.

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 hard to come buy at a vide grenier, so I snapped it straight up. Luckily it fits my colleague like a glove – stay tuned for it being modelled by her!


A visit to Emmaüs’ kilo shop

ea29922e-c46c-40a9-a1c8-5df41acefa7dYesterday 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. So while I didn’t see anything I liked enough to buy this time, I’ll definitely be popping back.

Emmaüs boutique
35 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris
Metro: Châtelet / Les Halles / Rambuteau

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 Fashion Week fall/winter 2015 has an estimate of €400-600.

I had a great time imagining what I might buy if I were a collector of haute couture and had a sizeable Parisian apartment to store it all in. (Although I suppose the seriously wealthy store their furs in temperature-controlled vaults). The great thing about this exhibit was that you could touch the clothes, and even try on the odd coat if you wanted to. I saw lots of people feverishly noting down the pieces that interested them, so I suspect there may be rather a few bidders tomorrow…