This Old Thing?

bookI’ll never forget the time I brought one of the editors of Allure magazine to a secondhand shop. She looked around at the clothing tightly packed on racks, sorted by color and garment category rather than by designer or trend. She was lost. “How do you…do this?” she asked. I was already halfway buried in a pile of caftans. That was 15 years ago. I would bet that today she is quite at home in vintage stores, now that “pre-owned” clothing has become a part of every chic woman’s wardrobe, not just for drag queen-adjacent types like me. She would love Vintage Paris Couture: The French Woman’s Guide to Shopping, a new book out from Universe (an imprint of Rizzoli New York). It’s a comprehensive, yet easy-to-digest guide to stores from the super-expensive couture reseller Didier Ludot, in Palais Royal, to the cheapo emporium Momo Le Moins Cher, in the 20th arrondissement, where items start at one euro. Writer Jessica Clayton zones in on each store’s strength. Zoa, in the 10th, is the only store in the city that carries kids’ vintage exclusively, while others zero in on lace, say, or the 1970s. The Allure editor and I could spend months visiting stores mentioned in the book, and maybe even never run into each other. 

One Response to “This Old Thing?”

  1. Comment by Jacquelyn Goudeau | 10/05/13 at 8:55 pm

    Dear Ms Clayton…I love your book, but am wondering about recommendations for getting the consignment/vintage oder out of clothing.
    I have been collecting for decades and it often takes me up to a year to get the oder out. I use airing, and febrezze among othre things. My cleAners is good, but he only thinks he gets the oders out.
    I have found a couple of consignment and thrift stores that have found something they spray or send to certain cleaners before placing on the floor…BUT, they won’t give me the information.
    I live in California in the EAst Bay…but go to Paris often. I do not buy clothes….only leather goods or scarvews At the street vendors( I have found some beautiful silks and shawls.

    Could you recommend anything or anyone in case I find something I really want?
    Your book does not list cleaning or REPAIR places. which I would love to know…Hand bag repair in particular.The good places have either retired here or the young workers just don’t know their trade well enough,.
    I recommended your book to a shop in SAN FRANCISCO, April in Paris. The ownner, A Parisian, Mme. Ablard trained at Hermes. She only produces new handbags( many based on vintage pieces.) and has a studio teaching students to make small leather goods. She does not do repairs, but kindly fixed an old Lavin wallet I had for years…that is how I got to know her.

    I quit wardrobe consulting in 2000, because my clients only wanted new( of which there was not much quality for classics……and because I was finding better items in the consignment and vintage stores myself. Now it seems people are constantly asking me for help, and getting folks to try vintage is so much easier if I have the resources to recommend.

    You are in PAris, thus I am starting with how you recommend oder removal yourself..while I work on solutions over here.

    Most appreciatively,
    Jacquelyn Goudeau
    PO B 325, Alameda, Ca,.94501

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