Last week I decided to go to Paris for a few days together with my boyfriend. Coincidentally, throughout our stay the haute couture fashion week was going on. This meant that the capital of fashion was even more fashionable and I had to look the part. Thus during my stay I felt the need to search for the real Parisian look. Not that the outfits I brought with me weren’t fashionable or trendy enough, it just wasn’t French enough. So on the day I felt least secure about my outfit (my coat didn’t match my dress ha-ha) I decided to do a tiny bit of conscious shopping. Luckily, I heard and read that Paris had plenty of vintage stores. In the upcoming list I will name all the vintage (read mostly second-hand) stores I visited, where to find them, what I thought about them, and ofcourse, what I bought!
61 Rue de la Verrerie
Free’P’Star is the first store (or should I say stores since there are two of them next to each other) I visited. Free’P’Star is located in Rue de la Verrerie, a street where a lot of vintage stores are located. When I entered the first store, I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of clothing packed in such a little store. The store was so full, my boyfriend decided to wait outside. Normally he is quite engaged and interested when we are in fashion stores together. For his sake I decided I would take a quick look and move on again. After scanning less than a minute, I spotted a dark green woolen coat with some velvet details. Worthy of quickly trying on I thought. It was a match made in heaven! Probably my favourite coat at the moment. And you know what? It was only 10 euros. Oh how I love vintage!
69-71 Rue de la Verrerie
KILO SHOP is the neighbour of Free’P’Star. Just like its neighbour, KILO SHOP has two stores. One is medium sized and the second one has two flours and an enormous collection of clothes. If you’re from the Netherlands you probably know this chain and are familiar with the concept. The prices of the items you are going to buy are based on the weight. By the way, I did notice they also sell some new trendy items that are vintage looking. I tend to not like those kind of items, because I feel they are too much focused on trends. The fun thing about vintage is, is that you can create your own style that is one of its kind. When vintage stores own a collection of new items, creating your own style becomes harder and you start to dress according to the trends. Besides that fact, the store has got some great pieces and a wide variety of (alternative) styles!
Thankx God I’m a VIP
12 Rue de Lancry
Only because of the name I already had to visit this boutique. And because of the great recommendations. In this store you can find vintage/second hand designer pieces. And when I’m talking about designer, I’m talking about Coco. You know, the lady from Chanel, also known as Gabrielle. Other brands they had to offer besides Chanel were Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Céline, Givenchy, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Balenciaga, Christion Dior, and so on. The list of big names is endless! The designer pieces seemed to be in good condition and prices reasonable. Yes you are still paying 600 euro’s for a Chanel dress, but compared to 3000 euro’s that’s nothing!
I really enjoyed my stay in Paris and can’t wait to visit again 🙂