The Marais’ La Belle Époque Vintage has a secret weapon no other vintage boutique can claim: a walking, talking fashion encyclopedia. The owner, Philippe—known to many by his first name only—grew up a fashion fanatic; collecting vintage clothing since he could walk. The young Phillipe began selling his finds at Paris’ famous flea market, Le Marché aux Puces, in 1979. By 1996, he opened his own boutique located on the edge of the Marais, where he continues to carry pristinely displayed clothing dating from 1900 to 1970 by various European designers united by l’esprit de couture.
Fashion designers, magazine editors and costume historians regularly visit the store to take advantage of Philippe’s discerning eye and impressive knowledge, which he offers free of charge. He graciously flaunts facts from memory and expertise by waltzing across the black and white checkered deco floor to identify designer, date, material and the size of any and every piece his customers may be interested in (all accomplished at first glance). Don’t hesitate to make any special requests known, as Phillipe keeps a large stock as well as a keen eye when searching for new pieces.