shopping vintage in paris.
a few new paris spots to get your vintage fix and some old favorites.
i've posted part one on my holiday in pairs, where to stay and what to see; part two where to eat and drink on the blog, and now here's the latest chapter -- where to shop. shopping in paris is always a good idea and so freaking inspiring. such unique design, with excellent vintage treasures to be found and, of course, fun fashion. I've rounded up a few of my favorite vintage shopping resources and a couple of wonderful new discoveries i was excited to find. more to come on shopping Paris. and in the meantime if you’re state-side, check out some of my latest vintage curations on super marché. coming up next, shopping paris for the brand new stuff.
first up is vintage shop extraordinaire axs design because it was one of our favorite finds, thanks to the shopkeepers who recommended it to me. the shop owners and designers ariel novak and sydney sabatier couldn't have been kinder and more welcoming, and their vintage curations are just so special and surprisingly affordable. we all left with many, many treasures and some fun history to go along with them as well as some newfound friends. the shop is in a beautiful courtyard tucked away from the street, so use your GPS! 12 rue saint-sabin 75011 paris.
if vintage clothes are your thing, don’t miss mamz'elle swing in le marais. i’ve never seen so many well-curated vintage dresses in one place and could have taken home an armload of their pretty prints. the handbags and hats were pretty grand too, so while you’re shopping all the new clothing shops in le marais, stop in to mamz'elle swing and get your vintage fix. 35 bis, king of sicily street, 75004 paris.
also for vintage lovers -- a must visit to paul bert serpette, flagship of the puces de paris saint-ouen, paul bert serpette is the world's largest antique market, so wear your sneakers because you'll be covering a lot of ground. the paul bert serpette is actually a specialized and often upscale antique market within the larger flea market, with tons of vintage booths spanning several city blocks where you'll find loads of bric-a-brac as well as some excellent people-watching. do not miss it. 110 rue des rosiers, saint-ouen, 93400 paris.
sharing the same pretty courtyard with axs design is the incredible antoinette poisson. not vintage per se, but the stunning boutique houses the old charm of 18th-century interiors, using designs and motifs based on original creations and prints from historical archives. the brand's flagship products include leaf-printed papers, wallpapers, printed linens, perfumes, stationery, and handmade decorative objects for the home. the store's windows open onto their workshop, where you can see the block printing and coloring of their signature wallpapers and prints. i found a one-of-a-kind journal here with my favorite pattern, 'pretty wood'. do stop in and say hello to the lovely staff here. 12 rue saint-sabin 75011 paris.
• all photos by victoria smith.
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