Anyone who has ever shopped vintage knows it’s not an easy experience. It’s actually quite painful. Even the moment after you first step foot into a thrift or secondhand store (when you’re hit with the daunting task ahead of having to sift through racks upon racks of clothing) can be so overwhelming, it’s enough to paralyze the most seasoned shopper.
And yet, unearthing that one-of-a-kind gem and walking away with a hard-earned prize makes it all worth it in the end. It helps, though, when the store is already brimming with coveted fashion relics from decades past. Factor in geographical location, like Paris, aka home to the oldest ateliers in fashion, and the chances of striking sartorial gold becomes that much greater. That’s why we asked the chicest French girls we know—the ones who can always be trusted to know what’s up—to name their favorite places to shop for vintage in Paris. May the odds be ever in your favor.
La Mode Vintage, 12 Rue Rochebrune
“My absolute favorite is La Mode Vintage: It’s a beautiful vintage store curated carefully by my friend Carole, who really knows what she’s talking about when it comes to fashion and what she choses for her store. There are lots of high-end, rare finds. I rarely leave the store empty-handed, and I’m there at least once a week! I’m a vintage collector, so I kind of always have an idea of what I’m looking for, but I also like surprises. I bought a lot of beautiful vintage Saint Laurent from the Ballets Russes period, and I also got two wonderful vintage Chanel jackets that I absolutely adore.” —Sabina Socol, influencer
Pretty Box, 46 Rue de Saintonge
“I’m obsessed! I went with my friends for the first time during a fashion week, and I found the best coat from Gucci that I wear all the time. I actually think it was one of my first modeling purchases from my first money job, so it’s a great part of my personal history. I visit Pretty Box twice a year—I love to keep the experience as a gift to myself. It’s something that I don’t do too much, so I can still appreciate the visit every time. It always feels unique and special to have a vintage piece in your wardrobe; I love Pretty Box because they have the most special clothes that you will never find anywhere else, so they’re like undiscovered pieces of history!” —Cindy Bruna, model
Episode, 12 Rue Tiquetonne
“I discovered Episode with my best friend when I first moved to Paris at 18 from Nice, south of France. This is where I usually go before summer to find cool dresses and Levi’s denim. When I’m going there, it means holidays, travels, and sunny days are ahead—which are really important for a girl from Nice! I once bought a silk set from Valentino, and I always wear it for special occasions—the last time was for my birthday. My other top vintage stores include Thanx God I’m a VIP and Headless St Denis.” —Michaela Thomsen, model
Thanx God I’m a Vip, 12 Rue de Lancry
“Thanx God I’m a VIP has an amazing selection of designer pieces. It’s huge and I love how it’s organized by colors. The place itself deserves to be seen. I often go just to seek for inspiration. I discovered it a couple years ago through my best friend who’s also obsessed with it—and now I visit every time I’m in the neighborhood—it’s by the canal and close to Le Marais, so it’s a great place to hang out. “I once found this amazing Jean Paul Gaultier parka jacket (in French, we call them ‘canadiennes’), and I love it because it has a nipped waist, which gives it a really strong look.”—Louise Follain, model
Neila Vintage & Design, 28 Rue du Mont Thabor
“I used to like Neila, a small store on Rue du Mont Thabor, which unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore. It had a few pieces that used to belong to Catherine Deneuve, including this canvas Chanel bag that my brother got me for Christmas a few years ago.
Not a vintage shop, but when I’m in Paris, I love to go to my old apartment and go through all the clothes I left before moving to New York. It’s basically the best ‘90s store! I always find an old Helmut Lang jacket or bag, or some old Gucci pieces from the Tom Ford era, like those amazing bright blue snakeskin print bikinis. I did raid it last time I was in Paris. So glad I kept all those pieces I thought I would never wear again.” —Julia Restoin Roitfeld, model and stylist
Free’P’star, 61 Rue de la Verrerie
“You can everything you want at 1€, so it’s perfect when you always want new clothes. I found it 10 years ago when my friends when we were just chilling in Le Marais. I got once a week—just last week, I found a fucking cool blue coat with white fur for 1€! I was so excited, I’m still wearing it.” —Kendra Kanzaky, co-founder of Paris DJ collective Girls Do It BetterEND
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