5 Best Shops for Vintage Shopping in Paris

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5 Best Shops for Vintage Shopping in Paris

There’s something so enticing about shopping vintage – the mystery of each piece, as you wonder: Who owned this before me? And what daring adventures did they have while sporting it?

Here are five of our favorite vintage shops in Paris, where we guarantee you’ll find something tempting worth your while, in which to have your own new adventures.

1. Didier Ludot

A luxe and coveted spot on the Palais Royal, Didier Ludot is an epically stylish shop with luxury clothes and accessories. This internationally acclaimed store is often a go-to for fashionable visitors making their way through the City of Light. It also happens to be in the heart of Paris, and thus ideally situated for some tourist attractions or just a stroll about town.

Didier Ludot is the man behind the eponymous store, and he’s been keeping women chic and fashionable for over 45 years. The New York Times profiled him several years ago, and reports on Ludot’s beginnings and what the catalyst was for creating his infamous and widely adored shop: “Mr. Ludot was so moved in 1971 by Yves Saint Laurent’s famous 1940s-inspired collection — a shocking show at the time because it celebrated fashion of World War II, which the French still saw as a deeply dark period — that he started going to the Paris flea markets and buying simple war-era frocks, which he resold for a small profit to his girlfriends.”

Address: 20 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001

 

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2. La Marelle

This hidden gem in the 2nd, La Marelle, offers some delicious designer fair. Specializing in womenswear, La Marelle’s emphasis is on recent – rather than “vintage” – secondhand pieces. Here you’ll find recent runway trends in which to flit about in the city. La Marelle says they are a “must-visit for all fashionistas; we do everything we can to help you feel beautiful.” With an endorsement like that, who could resist?

La Marelle has a wide range of enviable stock, with Ready to Wear pieces from Isabel Marant, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Comptoir des Cotonniers, The Kooples; luxury labels found here include Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Gucci, Prada, Cavalli, Burberry, and more. Notably, La Marelle also carries a large number of Japanese designers as well, expanding from the traditional European fair found in many shops.

Most of the picks here are secondhand, of course, which means it will be financially within reach for the rest of us. What’s your flavor – Dior? Chanel? The label-less chic clutch hiding in the corner?

Address: 25 Galerie Vivienne, 75002

 

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3. Thx God I’m a V.I.P

Now, this is a fun one. Grab your Godspell or Hair or Jesus Christ Superstar vinyl soundtracks, because this groovy place is going to make you want to dance to some disco music in your new duds. Thankx God I’m a V.I.P. is memorable not only for its name but also its flair. And its window displays are always set to inspire. So head over to the 10th to discover this self-described “treasure chest of all things vintage.” Perusing from afar? Thanx God offers courier deliveries in Paris, as well as all over the world. So, yes, you can get your vintage Paris fix wherever you are.

Address: 12 Rue de Lancry 75010 Paris

 

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4. Citizen Concept Store

Citizen Concept Store is found in the Marais, where you’ll find a great number of chic and enticing clothing shops. On the store’s Facebook page, they regularly feature new items (like this vintage black satin Saint Laurent dress) purchased in their shop or new items that have just hit the shelves, so you can monitor their page and see if anything strikes your fancy.

Be warned, though – fashionistas are hunters; you’ve got to act quickly if you see a piece you love. Wait too long and it may be long gone by the time you walk through the Citizen doorway. Like many museums, Citizen Concept Store is closed on Mondays.

Address: 8 rue du Roi Doré 75003

 

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5. Chinemachine

Nestled in the 18th in Montmartre, Chinemachine is a beloved institution with hand-picked vintage finds across a wide range of tastes and budgets. Hit this shop before or after your stroll through the Amélie -infused streets of Montmartre.

 Address: 100 Rue des Martyrs 75018

Honorable Mention: Fashion Auctions at Hotel Drouot

While not a vintage shop, the Hôtel Drouot does have something – well, many things – to whet the fashionista appetite. Twice annually, Hôtel Drouot hosts haute couture auctions. In March last year, their Chanel jewelry auction offerings were fit for a fashion Queen or King. Keep an eye on their Upcoming Auctions page for scheduling. (And hey, if you’re in the market for anything else – rugs, art, etc. – you’ll be sure to discover some special gems at Hôtel Drouot.)

Address: 9 Rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.

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  • Lilianne Milgrom
    2020-09-10 10:46:22
    Lilianne Milgrom
    I want those pink and black boots! Awesome list of stores - thank you!

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