Blog writer @ Paris Urban Adventures. Canadian expat. Independent designer. Dance enthusiast. Devoted yogi.
Fashion isn’t always affordable. And while a luxe shopping spree in Paris might sound romantic, there are alternative ways to shop that won’t break the bank: such as buying quality clothing at great value, buying secondhand, or even renting clothing. For your next stay in Paris, here is my list of concept stores which are paving the way for a more ecological approach to shopping in Paris.
The Rolling Shop
The Rolling Shop is a cool concept store located on the 4th district on blvd de Temple. What started out in 2012 as a fashion truck selling French brands in Le Marais became an entire shop which aims to promote stylish French labels that are reasonably priced. Every August, The Rolling Shop travels all around France discovering up-and-coming designers. Some of the brands you can find here include La Petite Française, Lab Dip, Idano and Loreaq. What’s better than discovering French designers at a good price? 1 blvd de Temple, 75003.
Sally’s Dépot-Vente de Luxe
If you’re looking for high-end designer labels at a fraction of the cost, head to Sally’s Dépot-Vente de Luxe on rue Turenne. Here you will feel like a true Parisian, because only locals know about this hidden gem. Owner Sally Bejaoui has a background in textile design and visual arts, and became a consultant and buyer for big fashion houses. It was after many years of experience that she turned her eye to secondhand clothing. “A decade ago this would have been considered taboo, but now women are buying secondhand more and more,” she explains.
This type of shopping is beneficial for both the consumer and the buyer. The clothes get a second life with a new owner and by selling their used clothing, Sally’s clients are also able to purchase new pieces. It helps circulate clothing, create jobs and has less of an impact on the environment. And Sally truly has an eye for detail, curating the perfect mix of elegance, sophistication and glamour. 128 rue de Turenne, 75003.
Dress in the City
Dress in the City is another concept that has emerged based on the popularity of shopping for clothing secondhand. The concept is pretty simple: every few months Dress in the City organises a huge ‘vide dressing’ which translates to ‘emptying your wardrobe.’ You can find tons of French labels such as Maje, Sandro, Claudie Pierlot and The Kooples, all discounted. What’s impressive is they have enough clothes and sizes to fit a warehouse, so it’s definitely worth it to check out when their next event in Paris will be held by visiting their Facebook page or website. 3-5 rue Alfred Stevens, 75009.
If you’re in Paris and you have a special event such as a wedding or gala, you may not necessarily want to purchase a brand-new outfit. Wouldn’t you rather rent a high-end piece you wouldn’t have the opportunity to buy? It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But, actually, the idea exists in North America and has just been introduced to Europe a couple seasons ago. Panoply offers the latest runway collections while hosting you in their beautiful showroom located in the 8th district. Not only does this concept reduce our ecological impact, but it gives you the ultimate Parisian experience. 10 rue Royale, 75008.
No matter what the occasion, it’s Paris, so be sure you’re dressed well. We’re sure you will find what you are looking for in one of these boutiques and join the secondhand clothing trend — because it looks like it’s here to stay!
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