Les Créateurs ont du Cœur charity sale

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This week 31 May – June 3 is the Les Céateurs ont du Cœur braderie solidaire event in Paris, organized by the association Arcat.

A host of brands across fashion, beauty and homeware have donated items that will be sold at up to 90% off the retail price, with all proceeds going to help those affected by Aids and related illnesses.

The event promises thousands of items for sale, and donors include Sandro, Rochas, Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin. Entry is €2.

Les Créateurs ont du Cœur
From May 31 – June 3
Open 11am – 8pm, 11-5pm on Saturday
Entry: €2
Bastille Design Center
74, boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris
Metro: Richard Lenoir, St Ambroise|


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

Le Dressing Chic – Love&Dress x Emmaüs Alternatives


Last night was Le Dressing Chic at the boulevard Beaumarchais boutique of Emmaüs Alternatives in association with Love&Dress.

Love&Dress, which sources vintage and recent designer clothing in Paris, handpicked a fantastic selection pieces among the mountains of donations that French solidarity movement Emmaüs receives from the generously wealthy and fabulously stylish.

Think Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, Jil Sander, JC de Castelbajac

A special mention goes to the See by Chloé checked jacket with fur collar and skirt combo (pictured) that was very Cher Horowitz in Clueless, and the brand new with tags midnight blue Marc Jacobs dress. 

There was a great turnout of shoppers, and a stylist was on hand to dispense fashion advice. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening with drinks and nibbles to boot. I only wish I had been able to get there in time for the doors opening—I spotted a seriously cool pale pink dress on the arm of one lucky bargain hunter as I arrived.

I bought a black Zara skirt that looks like a catwalk copy of…something for 9.50.

My friend bought a black leather Maje mini-skirt for 28.50 (I had originally spotted this for myself but it was so short and tight it made me look as though I should be wearing it on a street corner somewhere) and a rust-coloured silk Comptoir des Cotonniers top for 18.50.

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.

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

This week’s fashion finds


This week’s fashion finds are not mine, but a those of a friend. (There’s no way I’d fit in that skirt). The red, long-sleeved vintage blouse was €2 at Emmaus, ditto for the dark purple wool Cacharel skirt. And the boots, originally from Jonak, were €8 from Ma Ressourcerie in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. A whole outfit for just over €10, with all proceeds going to good causes.