Another vintage shop worth mentioning, which I stumbled upon walking back from the Musée d’Orsay is the LaGallery on Rue de Lille in the 7th Arrondissement. It’s a tiny shop that carries a well-curated selection of designer handbags and accessories from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
I could have easily missed it, except that the contents in two distinct birdcages displayed just outside the store entrance prompted me to stop and look inside.
The One of the proprietors, Tania, was kind enough to let me take photos of her offerings. (The other owner is Guillaume).
The shop has a lot of big name brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and so on… Also available were a number of little-known French Designers.
Her pricing was fairly reasonable for what she had to offer. There was quite a number of exotic skin bags – a few of which caught my eye (one was a crocodile minaudiere from the 1950s in great condition going for 250-euro, another was a snakeskin fan-shaped clutch with a bakelite handle for 180-euro). There were also several authentic 70s Christian Dior monogrammed shoulder/clutch bags with gold chain for just under 200-euro.
In addition, I spotted a vintage Hermès Kelly for 2,700-euro. She told me that she acquires these bags individually and the shop has been opened for just a year. She does sell online. If you want to check out her merchandise, click here to access the e-commerce site.
Where: LaGallery, 50 Rue de Lille, Paris (+33 (0) 6 64 20 18 47.