Haute Couture can be linked back as early as 1700s with ties to the French fashion designer to Queen Marie Antoinette. Since then, the French have been credited as being the forefront of fashion and haute couture. If the French have the culture of fashion, Paris is the manifestation of haute couture itself. Every fashion designer dreams of showcasing during Paris Fashion Week and having their designs seen by the world. But, what happens to the clothing that becomes last season? Well, it has the title of vintage now, and the best vintage shops or “Depots-vente” are in Paris. Paris has some of the most unique, quirky and characterful vintage shops in the world. If you find yourself in Paris, these are the best shops you cannot leave the city without visiting.
Madame De- The Unique One
This vintage shop located in Montparnasse takes its name from the 1951 Max Ophius film, in which a Parisian heroine is forced to pawn her beloved diamond earrings, which causes her trouble. However, this delightful vintage shop is not so dark. Shop owner Armelle Franz takes pride her quality pieces. She promises to her customers that pieces are not well worn, rather they look and feel like new. Applauded for the quality merchandise, the shop has recently garnered accolades from the Public dans Actualities, Presse. From Couture to silver spoons, Madame De definitely has some one of a kind pieces.
Address: 65 rue Daguerre 14e, Paris
Transport: Metro- Denfert- Rochereau
Chercheminippes- The Queen
Many regard this Depot-vente as the queen of vintage shops in Paris. Located near St. Germain, Chercheminippes has been been open to Parisians for four decades. Today, the brand has six shops. Each is located in St, Germain each with a specific purpose. The shops include ready-to-wear, designer, men’s, children’s, accessories and home decor. Just like a queen, people clamor to see it, so be prepared to deal with crowds as you rummage through to find hidden gems.
Address: 102 rue du Cherche-Midi , 6e, Paris
Transport: Metro: Vaneau
Lorette et Jasmin – The New Girls
Lorette et Jasmin opened its doors in 2011 and in just three short years has made a considerable name for themselves. Featured in Le Journal du Dimanche ,Tellerama and other media outlets. Owner Laurence notes that the success of the shop comes from its loyal clientele that visits the shop frequently for their favorites. Lorette and Jasmin blends luxury garments with ready-to-wear on its racks located only steps away from La Seine and our apartments.
Address: 6 rue Francois Millet, 16e Paris
Phone: 01. 188.8.131.52
Metro: Jasmin ou Mirabeau
Reciproque – The Largest Consignment
From Kenzo and Moschino to ungaro and Balmain, Reciproque can boast as the largest consignment shop, and it is rightfully so. The shop is over 7,500 square feet with 7 boutiques inside the massive construction. This is the location where true Parisians buy their designer duds. Discounts can range from 20% to 80% depending on each item, brand and the demand. The shop is nestled in the chic 16e , that many Parisians aspire to live in, with its stunning view of the Eiffel Tower and Ecole Militaire. It is the perfect place for this perfect shop.
Address: Rue de la Pompe, 16e, Paris
Phone: 01 47 04 30 28
Metro: Rue de la Pompe
Catherine Max- The Largest Designer Clearance
You know a shop is good when it employs its own security guards for crowd control. Yes, you read that correctly, Catherine Max’s deals are so amazing that it employs security guards. Justly so, this gigantic 12,00 square foot store is an outlet for fashion designers, jewelers, perfumers, and high-end home accessories. You must be a member to shop here for a reasonable price of €20 per year. Members receive emails notifying them of special events and clearance sales that should criminal for the steals that people get. It sounds to good to be true, but the shop does offer designers such as Dior, LaCroix and Louboutin for a steal. Due to its rapid turnover, the floor space is constantly monitored. The next time you’re having your holiday in Paris, make sure to visit this shop in 16e.
Address: 17 Avenue Raymond Pincare, 16e Paris
Metro: Trocadero, Victor Hugo
> Loving Apartments offers 70 apartment locations near these vintage shops. Before you go on an extravagant shopping spree, choose a relaxing place to rest your credit card hand with us.
A few notes:
- Consignment – is the act of consigning, which is placing any material in the hand of another, but retaining ownership until the goods are sold.
> Jonathan Redmond is an Advertising Undergraduate @ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a keen interest in Fashion and exploring London Culture.