Richard Nahem, an ex-New Yorker living in Paris, leads private insider tours showing visitors the Paris most of them never see on their own (www.eyepreferparistours.com), and also writes a popular insider's blog www.eyepreferparis.com.
One of the most interesting trends on the Paris shopping scene in recent years is the proliferation of high-end resale shops (called depot-vente) that have opened. We are not talking about musty, dimly lit shops with your aunt’s ratty clothing from the attic. Today’s vintage shops have top designer label clothing and accessories in mint condition with price tags mostly above 500 euros.
Here are some of the top resale/ depot-vente shops.
For over thirty years Vivianne Dendievel has developed a brilliant eye for selecting the most luxurious and tasteful vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories to fill her Left Bank shop L’Ibis Rouge. She travels all over Europe to estate sales and auctions to find unique and divine pieces. Her specialty is costume jewelry and she carries European brands such as Dior, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Pierre Cardin and Karl Lagerfeld plus American jewelry brands Trifari, Myriam Haskell, Schreiner, Boucher, and Monet. L’Ibis Rouge also stocks a small collection of new, mostly handmade clothing and jewelry made in France and Italy.
35 Blvd. Raspail, 75007
Open 12PM to 7PM Tuesday to Saturday
Tel. +33 (0) 01 45 48 98 21
In the Golden Triangle in between the George V and Plaza Athenee hotels and designer shops on Avenue Montaigne is Scarlett, a tiny shop stuffed to the rafters with vintage clothes, handbags and jewelry. Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Christian Loboutin are just a smattering of the luxury labels Scarlett features.
10 rue Clémont Marot, 75008 Paris
+33 (0) 156890300
With the same first name as the legendary Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Geppert has also made her life about fashion. Ten years ago she opened her depot vente shop in the Palais Royal, using her impeccable taste to buy the most brilliant and sought after designer jewelry, handbags, clothing, and sunglasses. So successful was her venture, she branched out a few doors down and sells her own label G&G of chic, understated accessories.
31-34 Galerie Montpensier
Jardins du Palais Royal 75001
Phone : +33(0)1 42 61 53 52
In a prime spot in the shopping arcade of the Palais Royal is Didier Ludot, the foremost expert in couture and ready to wear vintage clothing. Ludot occupies two storefronts, one by appointment only for the couture clothing and the other for jewelry, shoes, belts, and jewelry. In recent years he has extended his empire to include a clever collection called The Little Black Dress, which is a line of new ready to wear black cocktail and evening dresses based on vintage designs. He’s also designed a fragrance The Little Black Dress. During fashion week Didier Ludot spruces up his windows with either new designers or the best of his couture collection.
24 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001
+33 (0)1 42 96 06 56