Another of the finest vintage stores is Thanx God I’m a VIP, located in a less salubrious quarter of the 10th district. This large store is a favourite among local stylists and fashionistas in the know. The shop takes the vintage boutique concept to the next level by offering an impressive up-market collection of most major labels, including menswear, all organised along colour lines.
Those looking for a rare investment piece go to Odetta, tucked away in a quiet street of the exquisite historic district of Le Marais. This little gem has a wonderfully curated collection of day and evening wear, specialising in ’90s iconic designer brands such as Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons.
Only a short distance away is La Mode Vintage, which stocks the very best of French couture: Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès and Jean Paul Gaultier. (You can even find a Courrèges dress originally owned by Anglo-French style icon Jane Birkin.) La Mode is the most popular vintage boutique for Paris “It Girls” – cool model-types such as Jeanne Damas and Lou Doillon.
Didier Ludot: 20-24 Galerie de Montpensier, Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris, +33 42 96 06 56
Thanx God I’m a VIP: 12 Rue de Lancry, Paris, +33 1 42 03 02 09
Odetta Vintage: 76 Rue des Tournelles, Paris, +33 48 87 08 61
La Mode Vintage: 12 Rue Rochebrune, Paris, +33 06 63 79 72 04