Musement continues to look at some of the best vintage shops in our favorite cities–this time in Paris. Oh là là.
Paris is one of the world’s most appealing cities thanks a great part to its old-world lived-in charm. Each and every building, street and bridge can catapult you back to another era: Dumas’ murky stories of the 19th-century corset- and-crinolines clad courtesans as well as the smoky shots of the New Wave films of the 1950s and 60s with the simple but iconic clothing.
As a result, finding and buying vintage in Paris–the fashion capital where designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, and Christian Dior trained–is a no-brainer. Here are seven of the best vintage shops in Paris.
The shop boasts a selection of clothing and accessories ranging from the ’60s to the ’90s along with furniture, lamps, and furnishings from as far back as the 50s. Clothes and accessories come from some of the most esteemed names in fashion: Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Vuitton, Balenciaga. Keep an eye out for the iconic Hermès bags and the sculptural jewelry by Saint Laurent as well as for an original line of timeless, casually chic shoes by Odetta.
76 rue des Tournelles
In 1996, Kiliwatch created a real concept which, thanks to the selection of second-hand and vintage streetwear, in turn became a source of inspiration for the big names in fashion such as Christian Lacroix, Paul Smith, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Isabel Marant, and many others. The best of vintage pieces from around the world are selected according to current trends. Kiliwatch offers ready-to-wear collections for men and women as well as accessories. 64 Rue Tiquetonne
Episode is a Dutch chain that offers used and vintage clothes perfect for those looking for 70s-style vibes without burning a hole in their pocket. Silkscreen printed t-shirts, leather goods, romantic dresses, and rock’n’roll separates are arranged in an orderly way so that shoppers can find just the right piece missing from their wardrobe. 12-16 rue Tiquetonne
4. Didier Ludot
Luxury, luxury and more luxury for those who want to make a gift or decide to invest in a piece of history. Didier Ludot specializes in rare haute couture displayed in a dreamy showcase.
20 et 24 Galerie de Montpensier
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Didier Ludot, en Le Palais Royal, houses one of, if not THEE, most impressive vintage couture collections in the world. Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli, Hermés … Rumor has it that behind this glass lives a 1952 Chanel trunk that even @karllagerfeld himself couldn’t talk Mr @didierludot into selling. I like to visit after hours and just gaze … and drool … and sighhhhhhh. Tell me, Desmoiselles … what inspires you? @chanelofficial @dior @hermes @schiaparelli #maisonmarcelleboutique #maisonmarcellegoestoparis #didierludot #palaisroyal #palaisroyalparis #vintagecouture #couturefashion #parisfashionweek #pfw19 #visiteparis #vintageclothing #vintagefashion #vintageboutique #luxuryshopping #luxuryfashion #luxe #chanel #dior #schiaparelli #louisvuitton #gucci #hermes #blamain #fashionbloggers #fashionblogger #merci
5. Noir Kennedy
A tribute to the Kennedy family that has nothing to do with Boston’s preppy style: only London-inspired vintage, rock and punk pieces. 22 rue du Roi de Sicile
6. Sports of the Period
A completely new and particular vintage of this store that sells faithful reproductions along with freely inspired pieces of sweatshirts, t-shirts, and sweaters of the period of the French rugby teams. A very interesting niche that unites fans of vintage pieces and sport. 13 rue des blancs manteaux
7. Kilo shop
Accessories and vintage clothes sold market-style: by the kilo! There are no tags but comfortable scales placed around the store will show you how much your next vintage outfit will cost based on its weight. Varous locations