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5 Places to shop in Paris for that rare vintage find….

Published June 14th, 2017

‘Collect moments not things’, is sage advice but it’s always nice to be able to purchase something in a destination that holds some sort of sentimentality and then acts as a reminder each time you use or wear it. While many tchotchkes sit on a shelf or are stuck to a fridge, having a piece of one-off clothing can be an exciting reminder of a trip when worn.

Sure you can pick something up at H&M or Zara, but now that you can find those mass retail outlets all over the world, it’s nice to find something that’s one of a kind and comes with a story that continues to tell itself.

Find your perfect winter itinerary or just head straight to Paris and find your perfect winter coat, the choice is all yours...

Kilo Shop

Kilo Shop, 125 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

A well-organised concept store, Kilo Shop is exactly as the name suggests a store where you pay for your wares by the kilo, or weight rather. Everything is colour coded according to its value meaning you can get some real bargains. Kilo shop also has two other stores in Paris along with stores in Greece, the Netherlands and Japan.



Vintage Désir

32 rue des rosiers, Marais, 75004 Paris, France

Located in an old ‘coiffeur’ or hairdresser as the old sign outside suggests, Vintage Désir is, in fact, one of the best vintage stores in Paris. Located in the trendy area of Marais not far from a number of other vintage stores, Désir stands out for its eclectic and blossoming collection of one-off finds.

Free 'P' Star

Free’P’Star, 20 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France

If you’ve got a bit of time up your sleeve and find joy in the thrill of ‘the find’ then look no further than Free ‘P’ Star, and make a beeline for those one euro bins of clothing where you’re sure to find a gem.

Espace Kiliwatch

Kiliwatch Paris, 64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France

A massive store, Espace Kiliwatch mixes high and low vintage finds all under one roof. From Isabel Marant to Pepe Jeans this is the store that you’ll want to set some time aside for.


 

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Thank God I’m a V.I.P.

Thanx God I’m A V.I.P., 12 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, France

If you’re really looking to splurge on that one-of-a-kind luxury vintage item then look no further. Thank God I’m a V.I.P. is one of the most meticulously organised and stunning arrays of designer vintage clothing and accessories. Finding that special memento won’t be hard here but owners Sylvie Chateigner and Amnaye Nhas will be more than happy to help you if need be.

 
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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.