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 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.

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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 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).

Dressing Avenue: The Airbnb of luxury

Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 12.31.40If you’ve got a special event coming up but your budget is more Primark than Prada, or you’re still feeling guilty about that fabulous dress you splurged on and wore just once, then French start-up Dressing Avenue might just have the answer.

Launched in July 2016, Dressing Avenue positions itself as the Airbnb of luxury. Thanks to the site, you can rent out what you don’t wear, and hire what you want to.

From Chanel to Chloé, the clothes, shoes and accessories made available for hire are rigorously checked by a stylist, and the authenticity of items are guaranteed by partner experts.

On average, items cost between 15 and 50 to rent per day (around 2-5% of the retail price), with a minimum rental period of 48 hours. Delivery, dry cleaning and insurance of up to 20,000 are included.

So what can you get for your money? A pair of Christian Louboutin Eugénie heels embellished with Swarovski crystals for 28 per day, a Balmain mini dress with power shoulders for 33 per day, or a Chanel Boy bag for 45 per day.

With the clothes rental market worth 600m and growing 9.8% per year, according to 2015 data from Future Market Insights cited by Dressing Avenue, this is definitely a segment to watch.

 

 

 

eBay teams up with InstantLuxe for eBay Luxe

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eBay has teamed up with InstantLuxe.com to launch eBay Luxe, an e-shop dedicated to the sale of secondhand luxury goods.

eBay Luxe will see secondhand luxury items sold on eBay via InstantLuxe (an online platform dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned pieces and owned by French department-store chain Galeries Lafayette), meaning that when you make a purchase, your item is guaranteed to be authentic.

From bags to bracelets, brands on offer include Cartier, Céline and Chanel.

Weekend vide dressings in Paris

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 07.10.23There’s no shortage of secondhand shopping opportunities going on in Paris this weekend.

Saturday 13 May is the Les Agacantes braderie chic spéciale luxe at Galerie Joseph, 7, rue Froissart, 75003. The event is on from 11am to 7pm and entry costs €2Expect to see the likes of Kenzo, Sandro, Claudie Pierlot and Maje for just €10 and €20. This event comes hot on the heels of the success of a previous edition last month, so is definitely worth checking out.

If this doesn’t satisfy your shopping needs then the first May edition of Les Emplettes kicks off today and is on until May 14 at 10 rue Béranger, also in the third arrondissement.

Les Armoires de Paris is also hosting a vide dressing, at Cafe A (148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010) on Saturday from 11am to 8pm.

Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds

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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 La Cloakroom dépôt-vente

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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 grey Isabel Marant blazer was reduced from €95 to €76, and a Louis Vuitton dress was reduced from €220 to €176.

La Cloakroom
14 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris
Metro Bastille