Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vintage Hermès in Saint-Germain, Paris

With the continuing worldwide shortage of leather goods chez Hermès,
entering this tiny little boutique in Saint-Germain almost feels like a mirage...

I even spotted an identical twin to my 32 Kelly in ebene Clemence (middle shelf, 5th from right)

Owned by Catherine B, the 'Les Trois Marches' specialises in vintage Hermès and Chanel. The prices are above retail, but the selection is amazing. You can find rare pieces, classic Kellys and Birkins in discontiued leathers and colours, or bags which have been special ordered by their previous owners

The scarves on display represent just a small part of the available stock

and a specific request might just produce the design you were looking for.

The stock varies from pre-loved items with patina to almost brand new.

Mr Catherine B

It was wonderful to see such an amazing collection of vintage Hermès, and the red croc Kelly in the window display was simply breathtaking!

Les 3 Marches de Catherine B
1 rue Guisarde 

75006 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 43 54 74 18

www.catherine-b.com
 

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41 comments:

  1. Drooling all over my keyboard here .... - Thank you so much for sharing! :D

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    1. It is truly an amazing display! x

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  2. When I visited last winter, I was surprised by how beautiful some of the pieces are there--although the scarves sometimes show fading from UV light along the folds. The piece that stole my heart was a mint rouge Jige. It was gorgeous.

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    1. So true, some of the pieces have a wonderfully luxurious patina, particularely in vintage box! The rouge Jige sounds fabulous, I hope it came back home with you :-)

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  3. OMG! There is way too much eye candy here to comprehend....amazing! I am curious to know what the markup appears to be and very curious to know if something caught your eye?? Thank you for sharing dear friend!
    Lazy Sunday thoughts and vintage H hugs, T xx

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    1. The eye candy was truly stunning. No idea what the markup is, but my twin Kelly was quite a lot more than what I paid for it in 2007. Saw a beautiful Medor clutch, and got very tempted! It did not come home with me though. Happy orange hugs right back xx

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  4. Dear MaiTai, What a wonderful collection of treasures, so fun! I can imagine how it felt dreamlike to enter and see all these choices! Did something come home with you? NN

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    1. It was wonderful to see so many leathers and colors in direct comparision, allthough nothing came home with me!

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  5. I had read about this boutique in American Vogue, and I stumbled upon it on a trip to Paris recently. What a treasure trove of H goodness! Thanks for this lovely post. -- Louisa

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    1. Hope the post brought back some lovely memories, dear Louisa!

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  6. OMG what a way to wake up in the morning looking at these fab pics will examine them all day, I am sure you had such fun spending time looking at each item, have a great week
    Best Jane

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the post, dear Jane. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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  7. Dear Tai
    What a wonderful looking shop- I will have to look next time I am in Paris.
    Slightly off topic, but I was buying tea from a store in Paris online yesterday and I found this;

    http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/UK/ft+alexandra-david-neel-classical-black-tin-100g+TC961.html

    I couldnt help smile as I was wearing my La Femme scarf at the time! I have it in a pale yellow so it is a summer time scarf for me.

    Best Tara

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    1. Oh dear Tara, thanks so much for sharing the link! And what an extraordinary coincidence that you were wearing the LFdV when discovering the tea. Love Mariage Frères and just placed my order. Looking forward to becoming tea twins with you ;-)

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  8. Oups this is the Caverne d'Ali Baba! Very dangerous place to go for me, I'm sure this is the kind of place you just want to buy half of the stock! Thks for sharing this with us.
    Catherine

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    1. So well put, dear Catherine! Happy you enjoyed the post :-)

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  9. Looking forward to a little adventure here on my next trip to Paris (January)! Have not commented before, but I just love your blog! Will be in touch about a scarf/shawl ring, soon (just too hot to think about a scarf touching skin right now!) Thank you! Susan

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    1. A warm welcome to our little chat corner, dear Susan. Have fun planning your trip in January, and looking forward with you for cool scarf weather to come!

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  10. Wow,toll. Da möchte ich mal stöbern gehen.
    Danke für die schönen Bilder.
    Lg Angelika

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    1. Es freut mich, dass die Bilder gefallen haben. Viel Spass beim stöbern!

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  11. Oh, dearest MaiTai! Thank you for this post. I'll be sure to stop in there on our next trip to Paris. I'll so thrilled to learn of this valuable H resource...DH, not so much. ;-)

    Orange hugs,
    CS

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the reportage, my dear CS. Please give DH my best ;-) xx

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  12. What a beautiful shop - but terribly tempting I think! xxx

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  13. Wow, what a treasure chest in the middle of Paris!

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    1. As Catherine said, it's Ali Baba's cave!

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  14. Quand je vais du palais du luxembourg jusque chez PIERRE HERMé je passe toujours faire un tour aux 3 marches toutes petite et cachée dans un recoin j adore De plus en plus d hermés et de moins en moins d autre marques tres belles pieces tres peu vues et tres bien conservées
    C est mon quartier dans PArIS j y serrais du 10 au 30 aout
    Vivement
    je vous souhaite une tres agréable journée ma chére MAI TAI
    MYRIAM
    Tres amicalement
    MYRIAM

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    1. On favorise le même quartier, ma chère Myriam! Je vous souhaite un super sejour au fin d'aout. Moi, il me faut patienter encore un peu, jusqu'à la rentrée.. Une très belle fin de la semaine à vous <3

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  15. Such beautiful photos! Even better than an Hermes boutique. Thank you so much for posting. Are the scarves also above retail?

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the post! The scarves are not above retail, you can click here to see the pricing on a selection offered in her online boutique.

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  16. MT, it has been awhile since I posted. Nice post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. -P

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    1. Only saw your sweet message now, dear Penney! You were missed, so nie to see you back. Hope you are happy and well!

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  17. Dear Mai Tai
    Just to say ... Thanks a lot for your very kind post ! I am so happy to know you love my shops and my activity.
    See you soon XX
    Catherine B*

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    1. So happy you liked the post, dear CatherineB*! Looking forward to my next visit xx

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  18. I know this is an old post - but going through all of them systematically - so informative. As an Hermes connoisseur - what do you think of the kelly pochette (the brown one) in the photo? Any inspired outfit suggestions?

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    1. So nice to hear you are enjoying the back posts too! Re the Kelly Pochette, I think it is absolutely adorable. I would team it with rich and warm neutrals, such as chocolate, camel, beige or cream, and add chunky/stacked gold jewelry.

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  19. Just bumped into this post! Popped onto their website, and there is a pair of goooorgeous blue gloves that I want. Hoping he'll ship to the states or I will be the blue one, instead of the gloves ;)

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    1. Oh it's been a while, hope Catherine still has those gloves. If not, she might have something else. And yes, she ships worldwide. Good luck!

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  20. Chère MaiTai,
    Votre blog fait toujours plaisir à lire et relire. Je peux aller contre le temps et découvrir quand même toujours quelque chose de nouveau. C'est surtout votre enthousiasme qui est contagieux. Bon dimanche MaiTai.
    Quyen

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