Vintage couture fashion – the salon du vintage

Like the Puces du Design, the Salon du Vintage is held twice a year in Paris, and its locations vary, although the two I have been to this year have both been in the Marais. This weekend it was held in the magnificent Carreau du Temple, a covered market hall built in 1860 in the haut Marais that has recently been completely restored.

The theme of this edition was British fashion from the 1950’s to the 1990s, and there was an exhibition of iconic designer dresses, curated by a lovely friend of mine Tara from Oh la la! Vintage – featuring Ossie Clarke, Mary Quant, Biba, Vivienne Westwood and many more. All the dresses in the exhibition were for sale, a chance to buy something really rare and special.

There’s fashion here for all budgets, including the most beautiful designer pieces from all the big names. If you love vintage fashion, and want to pick up an amazing collector item as an addition to your wardrobe, something individual, or just browse for ideas, this is the place to do it. There’s also a DJ (Boy George played the Saturday night set) and dancing, as well as a hair salon and café.

Check out their website for locations of upcoming editions.

Salon du Vintage

 

 

Les Puces du Design – The Parisian designer flea market

This past weekend was the ‘Puces du Design’, the flea market dedicated to furniture from the 1950’s to 2000.

Now in it’s 15th year, this street market brings together around 100 gallerists and dealers showcasing, and of course selling, all the iconic names in furniture and lighting design – all original vintage and in pristine condition. It’s a design lovers paradise…

The Puces du Design is held twice a year in October and May, locations around the city vary. Check out their website for information about past and upcoming editions.

Les Puces du Design

 

Weekend mornings at the flea markets of St Ouen

The flea markets in the north of Paris, at St Ouen, are a real treasure trove, and a wonderful place to spend a few hours on a weekend morning.

Divided into 15 different markets: Paul Bert, Serpette, Biron and many more, each is like a small village. You can wander down alleyways full of small stalls and shops, with cafés serving great brunches and lunches, and find some amazing treasures.

If you want to furnish your home, you can choose between pieces from all eras, including many beautiful antiques and iconic designer pieces:

If you are a vintage clothes fan, I especially recommend Chez Sarah, an incredible shop where you will find everything from ribbons and feathers to vintage couture. There are also many other stalls selling clothes and jewellery.

You can find anything and everything here!

If you want to have lunch or brunch, there are many lovely cafés to choose from.

There is a great atmosphere here, it’s fun to browse and fantastic for shopping. Events are often held, such as jazz weekends or themed visits. Go along on a weekend morning and check out their website to see what is going on.

Marché aux Puces St Ouen

Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10:00 – 17:30.

Take Metro line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt. Cross the peripherique (ring road) and you’re there. Follow signs to Marché Paul Bert to get to the better parts of the market, don’t be put off by the stalls you see when you first get there.

Sunday mornings at the Porte de Vanves flea market

On Sunday mornings, from 7am until lunchtime, the Porte de Vanves, on the outer edge of the 14th arrondissement, hosts an amazing array of stalls selling antiques, vintage clothes, vinyl records and all kinds of treasures.

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Smaller and friendlier than the big flea market at the Porte de Clignancourt, and with a much better chance of finding a bargain, this is a great place to spend a sunny morning. The things I particularly loved were the embroidered dowry sheets, lace nightshirts and lots of vintage designer clothes, especially from the 60’s to 80’s (I would have loved to snap up a Lanvin cape and a faux fur Dior bomber jacket but both were unfortunately a bit over my budget!), kitchenware of all sorts (lots of funky 70’s stuff), bundles of silver cutlery tied up with ribbons, buttons, silk threads, vintage beads and sequins, a fantastic stall with paper bags and tiny boxes from an old pharmacy – all with beautiful graphics on – posters and original fashion illustrations, and best of all, dolls eyes with long eyelashes that blinked!

The market is under a row of shady trees, there’s a traditional coffee and ‘frites’ stand and even a piano player to serenade you. The stallholders generally speak good English and there’s lots of friendly banter.

Situated along the Avenue Georges Lafenestre, take the metro or the tram to Porte de Vanves and it’s a short walk.

  • Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris.  Metro: Porte de Vanves.