A Guilty Pleasure: Hunting For Vintage Chanel in Paris

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I’ve been a frequent pinner on Pinterest for a while. I was thrilled when I first explored Pinterest – finally there’s an awesome papaerless way to save and display all my favourite visuals! I used to keep folders of images that I cut out from fashion mags since I was a teenager and pinned them onto my wall facing my study desk. That was where my mind went for a feed and a bit of rejuvenation in between the boring studies! This morning I took some time to rearrange my pins and pin boards, and that was when I realized how much obsessions I have in life, and so much more are the little secret moments when I indulge in a bit of guilty pleasure. And immediately, this has inspired my blog content strategy. What’s a better way to write engaging blog posts than sharing my very own passion and obsessions? In the coming few weeks I shall share my rather long list of guilty pleasures to inspire, and to be inspired.

Flashing back to my memories, my appreciation for vintage Chanel was nurtured when I was a teen, when my mom used to bring me to Hotel Peninsula in my hometown Hong Kong for afternoon tea regularly and we’d drop by the Chanel store in the hotel arcade for a treat for the eyes. Back in the 90s and before that, Chanel was all about the glitz and gold, the massive clip-on earrings and waist chains with chunky charms. Visiting Paris on honeymoon during Christmas last year, one of the most important mission I was on (that I didn’t tell my husband) was hunting for rare and unique vintage Chanel items. My research online brought me to Les 3 Marche des Catherine B in the chic suburb of Saint Germain des Prés in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. My eyes were glittering like a 5 year-old girl walking into a chocolate factory, and it didn’t take long till this beige quilted leather shoulder bag with tassles from the early 80s’ Chanel collection melted my heart.

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The easiest way to way to work vintage style into your wardrobe is to accessorize. I’ve picked up two other pieces of cuties, clip on earrings that can be worn for every occasions – team up with a little black dress for an evening dinner date, or with a white lace summer dress for the day for a bit of old Hollywood glamour.

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This little boutique stocks up to hundreds of styles of vintage Chanel as well as Hermes including bags, shoes, clothing and accessories, and it’s no doubt a Chanel lover’s paradise!

Until next time, Catherine B.


Les 3 Marches de Catherine B Paris Vintage Chanel et Hermes Interview by The Clothes Whisperer Blog Kristin Knox_0093

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Image courtesy of http://www.parisoslo.com

What are your favourite vintage boutiques in Paris? Share your insider’s tips in comment below!

Les 3 Marche des Catherine B.

1 Rue Guisarde
Paris
+33 1 43 54 74 18

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58 comments

  1. Love the shoulder bag x

    1. Thanks so much for liking my post! Glad to connect with fellow vintage lovers here x

  2. Nice!
    Maybe we can follow each other? x

    1. Thanks for sending the love and the comment Eveline! I’m following you on Bloglovin’ 🙂 Look forward to inspiring each other x

  3. Catherine B · · Reply

    Hi Many thanks for your very nice article i am so happy to know you love my business :))

    1. Wow thanks so much for the comment and retweeting my post!! I’m really excited that you like it! How I wish I lived in Paris and could drop by your store often. Catherine, feel free to link to my blog post wherever suits, merci 🙂

  4. Love the earrings!!!! darn cute!!!

    1. I love you too dear as you’re darn sweet 😉 xoxo

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  6. Thank You for liking my society lady wearing a flowered hat drawing !!! *Cynthia

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  7. Great Tip… we will have to check this place out in a couple of weeks when we are in Paris next! Look out for our post on Pairs flee markets we will be doing when we are there…. any other Paris tips you have we would love to hear about them.

    1. Paris flee markets sound awesome! I’m sure you’ll have great time treasure hunting for the rarest vintage find. I actually didn’t get too much time to do shopping around Paris during my last visit (was actually our honeymoon so shopping wasn’t on the top list apart from a visit to Catherine B.!) My highlight would be food and dining at Angelina at Chateau de Versailles, great ambiance and will make you feel like the royal! Their mont blanc is to die for 🙂 Bon voyage and can’t wait to read your post x

  8. Wow! I like your style…& such a beautifully presented blog you have.

    1. Ooh that’s so kind of you Harry, and thanks for the visit to my blog! I’ve spend way too much time to fine tune the layout and design of my blog for the best user experience, and there’s so much more on my to do list. I like the artistic look and feel of your blog too.

  9. As always, this is just great! Thanks for another visit to my blog, and for the store reference. I’ll check to be sure that it’s already in my book and, if not, will add it. Best . . . .. . .

    1. My pleasure! Will you be in Paris soon? Please share any lovely vintage finds if you happen to visit Catherine B. soon 🙂

      1. No plans at present, but it’s on the agenda. Can hardly wait!

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  11. I want to go back to Paris now so I can visit this store! Thanks for swinging by my blog! Xoxo

    1. I hear you! I wanted to pack all goodies home with me, good condition and authentic vintage Chanel are rare finds these days, Parisian girls are lucky!

  12. White Wall · · Reply

    love this article. 🙂 faaaab!

    xoxo,
    april

  13. Great article! I also followed you on Pinterest. It sounds like vintage shopping is very nostalgic for you–how lovely and appropriate! I look forward to reading more of your posts–and thanks for liking mine! 🙂

  14. WhiteTrinity · · Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I think we have quite a bit in common – I am from HK too, and I also recall my mother taking me and my sis to Peninsula for tea when I was a young girl…and I love Chanel, especially Vintage (80s-90s). Love your blog…Fabulous! Cheers, Mrs. J

    1. Hello Mrs J! First of all thanks so much for stopping by my way and your lovely words 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog posts, and the more I read through your posts the more resemblance I found between us – what a funny and lovely coincidence!! For a second I started thinking if we went to the same high school in Hong Kong. From our passion for all things Coco Chanel, every bits of Parisian life, to the love for Lauduree, French gastronomy & Audrey Hepburn – Omg! It’s like bumping into a long lost friend. You write beautifully and you make every subject comes to life with your lively narration, I’m definitely finding inspirations through your blog. Can’t wait to read more and follow your adventures x Juliet

      1. WhiteTrinity · ·

        Hi Juliet, Thank you for your kind compliments. I am new to blogging, and find it fascinating. I had wanted to write down these experiences for some time now, so blogging has been great fun. We certainly are likeminded people. Look forward to reading more on your beautiful blog too. Cheers, Mrs. J : )

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  16. love this article, fantastic, the pictures are beautiful also 🙂

  17. I love shopping for vintage items. I wrote a post about Coco Chanel, if interested. http://twentyfourseveninfrance.com/2012/03/27/symbolism-then-now/

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kim! You’ve got a lovely blog, and I must say I’m green with envy for you get to live in the French Riviera 🙂 I’m totally in love with the place, the sun and the breeze after my recent trip. Can’t wait to follow you along on your journey x

      1. Merci, Juliet – happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit and hope you can get back again. It is indeed a great place to live!

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  20. I am so happy to read of this place! I love the older work of great designers and have often wondered where one would find vintage Chanel (and others). Thank you for the inspiration!

  21. Afternoon tea at the Peninsula is one of my favourite things too!

    1. It’s definitely one of the few places where you can still get the vibe of the old grand colonial Hong Kong! The only thing is that now it’s listed in every travel guide book the queue for a table is insane!

      1. Yes that is true-esp on weekends!

  22. Thank you Juliet for checking out my blog. I really enjoyed your post and getting to Pairs to check out Les 3 Marche des Catherine B is on the top of my list. A friend of mine recently moved to the states from Paris. If she has any suggestions for places to visit I will let you know.

    1. My pleasure! It feels awesome to know that I’ve inspired someone to travel and add places I like to the bucket list 🙂 You’re super lucky to have a friend living over in Paris, I’m sure she’ll find some many hidden gems in Paris away from the main touristy track. Can’t wait to hear about your Paris experience x

  23. Brilliant stuff! Thank you for checking out my photographer’s blog also – all the best, Michael

  24. Thanks for the hint – that will come useful on the next trip to Paris!

  25. I came across your blog today and I love it! I like to see the world through lace colored glasses too! Can’t wait to go to Paris and visit this shop. Thanks! 🙂

    1. You’re amazing! It feels great to meet someone sharing the same passion and obsession.. hope you enjoyed my post and see you here again x

      1. It’s great to meet you too! My blog is chicadventures.wordpress.com if you’d like to check it out. I look forward to your fashionable adventures!

  26. What an awesome shop. One day, I’ll get there too. Love your blog.

    1. The shop is totally a candy store for vintage Chanel lovers! Definitely get it added to your travel bucket list!

  27. Daniella · · Reply

    Hi! Lovely items, you have a really good eye for unique vintage Chanel items. I wanted to ask if its ok, what is the price range in this store!

    1. Thanks for your compliment Daniella. I just go with my first impression when I go vintage hunting, I think it’s all about that ‘wow’ moment that strikes at first sight, almost like a first date haha! Their Chanel bags are around mid to top tier price range but obviously it comes with quality so I’d say it’s resonably priced considering the quality. I paid around 1200 Euro for my beige sheep skin chain bag.

  28. What a wonderful shopping discovery! The images are all beautiful — coming up with a plan to visit Paris with my beloved.

  29. Utterly divine, great find you clever girl 🙂

  30. Thanks for checking out my blog! It’s so generous of you to share a gem like this with the rest of us. I’m not sure I would have been able to resist keeping it a secret!

  31. Thanks for stopping by! Lovely blog!

  32. Great blog! I’ll be back in Paris in a month, I love vintage shopping through the flea markets for old Parisian dresses! I imagine this shop would slightly extend my budget though!!

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