What Goes Around Comes Around Director of Buying Paige Rubin let's us tag along on one of her Paris buying trips and gives us an insider's look at some of the more fashionable places in Paris.
I’m lounging in the Tuileries Gardens in between buy appointments. Although it’s too cold for real spring clothes, I’m over wearing coats and jackets, so I’m layering cozy sweaters over sundresses in the transition period. When wandering the streets of Paris, be sure to stray from the main thoroughfares and check out the expansive courtyards that are a bit hidden from view. Some of them have small boutiques or art galleries, but this one had this charming façade decorated with dozens of French flags.
This gorgeous Hermès Crocodile Kelly 28 is from the 1970s but is in amazing condition. I fell in love with this piece as soon as I purchased it, and I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of it in a picturesque spring park. I’m obsessed with this Chanel bag from 2005 I found in one of the depot-ventes. I love the timeless silhouette done in patchwork – one of this season’s biggest trends.
Le Comptoir de l’Image is a must visit every time I’m in Paris. This incredible shop is stacked with vintage magazines and books focusing on fashion and photography. I spotted 90s Versace lookbooks, 60s copies of Vogue, and an insane coffee table book of Richard Avedon photographs I almost had to take home with me. While shopping in the Paris flea market, I saw the most adorable cat sleeping on a French antique chair.
The Margiela Retrospective at the Palais Galliera is a must see for any fashion lover visiting Paris. These incredible coats are the highlight of the exhibit. Ther are made of wigs for the designer’s “20th birthday” collection. While in Paris I also previewed an auction of antique Louis Vuitton trunks. I have a weakness for old travel labels on vintage luggage, and I fell in love with the stickers on the side of this 19th century hat box.
My favorite part of the Margiela Retrospective were the faithful recreations of runway looks alongside actual archival footage of the shows. The models sporting these repurposed slip vintage dresses walked the runway in 1991 with rose petals in their hair, wafting the scent of patchouli as they walked by the crowds. This exhibit was so highly detailed that this section was scented with patchouli as well!
This cute corner of the Hermès Margiela exhibit had me feeling like I was inside one of the brand’s iconic big orange boxes. During his time at Hermès, Margiela didn’t work much with the brand’s prints, but he did play off of the house’s signature colors and packaging details.
Every time I visit Paris, I make sure to visit the Hermès flagship on Rue Faubourg for a bit of window shopping. The brand’s craftsmen produce one of a kind bags just for their window displays. This silver Crocodile Kelly was pretty spectacular – if only it was for sale!
The new YSL museum in Paris is amazing for any lover of fashion history, especially because it’s located at 5 Avenue Marceau, the same location where Yves Saint Laurent designed his incredible creations for almost 30 years. That made this faithful recreation of the iconic designer’s studio all the more special. And, of course, RIP Colette.
Taking a break from shopping while resting on the steps of Le Grand Palais. My purse is one of my favorite new purchases from WGACA, a clear vinyl Hermès Kelly from 1997. The catch 22 of carrying a clear purse is that you have to make sure the contents are as cute as the outside. If you look closely, you can see a sandwich inside my bag from a delayed lunch break I hadn’t yet found time to take. After a long week of luxury shopping for WGACA, I had to hunt for some true vintage for myself. My favorite purchase was this vintage cheerleader sweater with my initial on it.