If you get tired of shopping along the more famous shopping streets of Paris like Avenue Montaigne, Saint Honoré, or the tourist- packed Champs Elyseés, why not try vintage designer merchandise shopping around the city? I confess this is actually one of my favorite things to do when I have free time. Because while you might be able to buy most of the latest merchandise throughout the designer stores around the world, each vintage shop you go into will not offer you the same thing.
I have gone to a few shops already, but these by far are the best– ones that I’ve actually found interesting things to buy 🙂
Les Trois Marches de Catherine B offers a very comprehensive collection of Chanel and Hermes bags– Catherine specializes in these 2 brands so you will definitely want to get something you see here that you haven’t seen elsewhere. Chances are only she will have it!
The other adjoining shop with more apparel is by appointment, but if you happen to have shopped in the main boutique where all the bags and eye candy are, then you can request to see this shop.
A very short walk away from Catherine’s shop is Divine Parisienne, which has more clothing than accessories. I once espied a Louis Vuitton Suhali Ingenieux in excellent condition for €1000. I have also been fortunate to have purchased a never worn Chanel leather jacket there for over 70% less than what they’d have asked for if bought in- store at Chanel 🙂
At the time of my visit, they had a few more LVs, Balenciaga bags, as well as Tod’s
Another vintage designer/ consignment shop that I have been to is Didier Ludot in Palais Royal.
They’ve not only got Chanel, they also have more vintage designer merchandise from Fendi, Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Dior, Cardin, and other important brands of yesteryears that are fortunately getting a much- needed revival today. You will also find some couture pieces (boohoo prices not for the faint- hearted haha).
Didier Ludot also carries a lot of vintage designer footwear– you might spot a really good Roger Vivier from the 80s there as well 🙂
A few steps away from Didier Ludot is another shop called Gabrielle Geppert.
Hermes bags from Gabrielle Geppert
Geppert has a bigger Hermes bag selection compared to Ludot. At the time of my visit, there were some pretty good pieces in very good condition.
Throughout the city of Paris, there are really so many more vintage shops, and in fact if you are willing to chance it by going to Les Puces (the grand flea market) in Saint Ouen, you will find so many more there– I’ve actually written about Les Puces a while back on the blog (Click HERE to read about it)
So yes, there are so many things to do in Paris, but if you are into vintage accessories and bags like I am, you would definitely want to visit these consignment/ vintage shops for designer treasures 🙂 Here are the addresses of the shops I mentioned above:
Les Trois Marches de Catherine B: 1 Rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris
Divine Parisienne: 19 Rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris
Didier Ludot: 33 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris
Gabrielle Geppert: 31 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Have a happy “hunt”! 🙂