Le Marché Noir

Vintage Emporium

July 25, 2016By Heidi EllisonShopping

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Forget about that rancid, musty smell of used clothing. Forget about bins and creaking racks of clothes about to collapse from the weight of so many once-loved, now-rejected garments. When you walk into Le Marché Noir (18 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris), you might think you are entering a couture emporium on the Avenue Montaigne. A couture emporium with a difference: decorated in African-royal-meets-British-colonial style, it sells selected vintage clothing imported from Africa and other parts of the world by Amah Ayivi, the king of vintage cool who opened the clothing shop on the mezzanine of the Comptoir Général. Mocktails, fruit juices and other drinks can be sipped in the tearoom, and alterations are available to customize that ’70s-style green-and-orange polyester dress you can’t live without.

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