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Vintage Paris

6 Jun

Vintage Shopping on my recent trip to Paris was a real treat. The stores are concentrated in the Marais district which has actually been dubbed the “haut-lieu du vintage,” or the high place of vintage in Paris.

Two noteworthy vintage stores are Coiffeur and the two Free ‘P’ Star stores. Located in the Marais and in close proximity to each other the stores are like caves filled with hidden treasure. For me the nature of vintage shopping is the pursuit of that rare diamond, that one piece that is so extraordinary in a jumble of gems. That sort of treasure hunt is exactly what you get in these tightly packed stores. I was leaning over rails to let people by and in the process unearthing all kinds of temptation.


32 Rue de Rosiers,

75004 Paris.

A petite store in a chilled out pedestrian area of Paris, stocking garments mostly for women but a respectable offering for men. There are also volumes of handbags, shoes, a few hats and other accessories. An amazing range of  dresses and jackets and the great thing about it being a little store is you can actually get through the rails, in single file, but none the less it is possible to see all the stock within a reasonably short period of time. The items in store were of great quality and really inexpensive plus the range was very impressive considering the limited space.

Free ‘P’ Star

There are two Free’P’Stars with locations not far from each other.
The first one I encountered was at the very understated 8, rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris. The exterior is very unassuming with the store name not over the door but applied to the window. Entering is a little bit like being swallowed up by some kind of vintage creature, the place was absolutely pulsating with avid vintage hunters.

The ground floor is a hub of activity with rails of dresses, knitwear, jackets and blouses with overflowing shelves of leather bags and shoes. The prices are incredibly low with dresses starting at €10. The store’s two main levels are connected by an little unmarked spiral staircase. The basement was less congested in terms of foragers but the rails were tightly packed.  An amazing assortment scanning decades of fashion with a large representation from the 1980s in particular, hours of browsing is a distinct possibility.

61 Rue de la Verrerie
Paris 75004
Initially I was carried by a wave of frenzied shoppers into the depths of the store. The pace was contagious with room for only one person in the aisles people were slumped over rails as I navigated my way through. The absolutely vast amount of stock is a little overwhelming but the montage of bags behind the till, the wall of hats, or the homage to Hermes scarves in the windows provides a little order to the jungle of swinging garments. The main floor is a combination of clothing mostly for women but a sizable section for menswear, there are also shoes, bags, hats and belts as well as a collection of fur collars. There’s a narrow stairs leading up to a mezze which is a place of many baskets, all containing items for just €1.

Honourable Mentions:


2 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris

Metro Hôtel de Ville


 Frip Sap

32 rue de Lancry, Paris, 75011
Daily 10.00 – 20.00
Metro Jacques Bonsergent

Frip Sap

Frip Sap

The Purchase

Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt

Doll in a Box

Amazing Vintage Market full of strange and sometimes creepy relics of the past

A maze of markets make up the Marches Aux Puces. This market MARCHÉ DAUPHINE is one of my favorites

Fashion Past & Present at Cite de la Mode et du Design, Paris

4 Jun

Could I possibly be more impressed with Paris, it seems so.  When I discovered that Comme de Garçons Rei Kawakubo was exhibiting her S/S 2012 collection at the stunning new CitĂ© de la Mode et du Design, situated right on the Seine, an amazing concentration of fashion design, education and exhibition.  With lecture rooms, boutiques, a fashion library, and of course the amazing contrast of exhibits with Cristobal Balenciaga’s stunning haute couture creations and antique inspirations beside  Rei Kawakubo’s anti-fashion all white show in an adjoining space.

At Balenciaga the detail was amazing, a silhouette was created and then reinvented.

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