When I photographed vintage pieces for the very first time, I knew immediately that this was what I would like to do more. I love vintage because of the history of the item, and the mostly hand crafted details. To have this for my lens, I could not be happier at that moment. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to shoot some wonderful vintage pieces in boutiques in Nice the last few years. I was really in my element and from then on, I knew I would like to do more with fashion photography.
Vintage Boutique in Saint Paul de Vence
Searching hidden gems…that’s what I love to do. Last September, I found a vintage boutique in Saint Paul de Vence, in the South of France, just 20 minutes from Nice. I’ve been in this village many times, but this address was new for me. In the main street of Saint Paul de Vence, the Rue Grande, where you find many galleries and little boutiques, I discovered the sign of this boutique. The boutique was hidden in a courtyard and it really surprised me with the unique pieces of the well known brands such as Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Lacroix, Louis Vuitton.
Mademoiselle Vintage Shop in Nice
Last September, I discovered a vintage shop in 41 Rue de France, near Hotel Negresco, named “Mademoiselle”. What I love about vintage is the story of the pieces. One of my favorite things to do is to discover new vintage shops and to take photos of the unique pieces. Especially the details. I never get tired of looking at it.
Vintage plays an important role in the book that I am writing. Vintage is very inspiring because of the story behind the item. Clothes, furniture, accessories. Who wore it? How was the life of this person? What was the feeling or emotion of the owner when he/she bought the item? For me, this questions are very inspiring and important to create a story behind the items.
That’s one reason why I love to go to vintage shops. Another reason is that I love to go on treasure hunting. I have a vintage wish list, which I will share another time. But I am looking forward to the moment that I will find these pieces!
Back to the Mademoiselle Vintage Shop in Nice. I will take you on my tour in this shop…
Caprice Vintage Shop in Nice
Two years ago, I visited the Caprice Vintage Shop in Nice for the very first time and since then I am an huge fan of this wonderful shop in the Rue Droite in the vieille ville of Nice. Come with me to get inspired by the beautiful and unique pieces in this lovely shop.
The love for French vintage
First of all, what’s vintage exactly? Vintage clothing from the past that is now in vogue and gets a second life. Vintage clothing is named as it is manufactured between 1920 and late 70s. In 1971 Yves Saint Laurent first to launch the vintage style. It was called the “flea market fashion.” It was very popular and the number of vintageshops exploded!