Why is it that the French are painfully stylish? Every time I visit Paris (which is often) I learn something new about how to dress well and yet when I’m back in London I simply cannot replicate what I’d learnt in the city of light. The answer is simple, scattered around Paris are the most amazing vintage shops, vintage shops that are far and few in London. They’re not your typical second hand shops but true vintage boutiques. Quality items of clothing are sourced (and God knows from where because I am yet to figure out that little secret) and sold at affordable prices. By affordable I don’t mean £20 for a pair of vintage high-waist denim shorts (a la London Portobello Market) but five Euros for a pair of leather shorts or 15 Euro for a faux fur jacket. I once even scored myself a pair of cowboy boots for 5 Euro! This is why the French do fashion better.
I’ve even started doing most of my vintage shopping in Paris as it’s still much more affordable to look good on the other side of the river.
Here are my top Parisian vintage shops:
Everything you can possibly imagine, Free’P’Star have it. With two branches in Le Marais, you will be sorted for all of your vintage shopping needs. This is where I source out most of my vintage goods from leather satchels to faux fur coats and battered converse high tops. They also do summer discounts on winter clothes and vice versa so you can always stay ahead of fashion for half the price.
You can find Free’P’Star at these locations:
8 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
61 rue de la Verrerie
20 rue de Rivoli
nearest metros: Hotel de Ville and Saint-Paul
check out their website:
Vintage Kawaii as they call it at the Kilo Shop in Paris. Does exactly what it says on the box: choose, weight and wear. With an array of summer dresses, autumn jackets and winter boots, the Kilo Shop has various branches scattered around Paris from Le Marais to Saint-Germain and Beaubourg.
Check out their website and look book here:
Vintage by Ramin
Another little vintage beaut in the heart of Le Marais. Check out their fantastic stock of accessories and be sure to visit the shop on a Thursday when shop ‘muse’ Yva of Paris offers her services as personal stylist to customers. If you are keen to be spoiled by your very own personal stylist for the day make sure you book in advance.
Vintage by Ramin can be found on at no. 17 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie.
Check out their rather enticing website here:
Slightly pricier but definitely worth a visit, Chine Machine at the butte of the Sacre Couer in Montmartre houses some fantastic vintage designer goods at a decent price. The staff are super friendly and sweet too 🙂
You can find them hidden away on rue de Martyrs, take rue la Vieuville and follow it up on the right side.
Nearest metro: Abbesses
Check out their blog here:
And there are plenty more to discover, especially in Le Marais. Enjoy!