On the way to lunch in Saint Germain, I took a little detour on the rue du Sabot for sentimental reasons and passed by a pretty window display of elegant goodies. My shoe radar registered a pair of especially fabulous Robert Clergerie shoes as I wandered by. I kept walking until I realized I'd seen the price discretly listed beside them. Wait! Did I just read they were 67 Euros??
I retraced my steps and checked again. Yes, 67 Euros. Given that they looked new, I went inside the cozy space. Unlike most Parisian shops, the sales girls left me alone -- actually they completely ignored me-- but I was relieved to be left on my own to explore the perfect, uncluttered racks, arranged by color and size.
It is a re-sale shop with beautifully edited pieces and stunningly reasonable prices. The brands range from Alberta Ferretti to Zara -- but are united by being wearable, memorable and effortessly sylish.
Turns out the shoes in question were not my size but among the notable offerings spotted that day were a mint pair of 2-tone Prada ballet flats and a Lanvin 2009 black silk shift -- in fact, there was a rack set aside filled with a score of chic "little black dresses" along with soft rainbow of cashmere cardigans in muted tones of violet, blue and camel.This is the kind of place that you need to visit regularly in order to find the treasure of the day in your size...guess I need to move to Paris!
In the next room there was an equally curated selection of interesting books, ceramic tabletop and furniture and I made a mental note to consider it as a good source for a special thank you gift.
Be forwarned, the hours here are a little irregular and they seem to open later than expected and close early so you're best bet is to check them out in the afternoon!
4 rue du Sabot,
Saint Germain, 75006 Paris
01 42 22 45 14