A Queen needs a Crown. Mine is Paris Vintage, courtesy of Chine Machine.
My new crown is some old queen’s discarded treasure, a beloved piece found at my favorite vintage shop in Paris, Chine Machine. A gift from the king of my heart, my silver crown adorns the ring finger of my six-string hand. I felt the power of the band as soon as I slipped it on. Neither the ring nor its power has left me since.
My fave vintage shop Chine Machine is not only in Paris, it is in Montmartre, and anyone in Paris knows there is a difference: to live in Paris is to be Parisian, but to live in Montmartre is to be Montmartois.
Chine Machine was opened seven years ago by native New Yorker Martine Duverglas, a bubbly, clever and very tall brunette. Her love of rummaging through bins of old clothes developed into a skill for editing finds into a select fashion collection. Martine is very proud of the fact that Chine Machine is the first vintage shop in Paris that pays people for the clothes they bring in for resale. Chine Machine also puts the items back out in their best light, steaming garments and presenting their wares in fun displays, by sections of color or style.
I have not yet walked by the store once without it sucking me in, after spotting something in the window I just had to have. The finds are often incredible, and at seriously reasonable prices, which is what makes Chine Machine a stand-out vintage shop in a city littered with great ones. It’s not uncommon to find couture and ready-to-wear from Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, KL, Gucci, Kenzo, mixed in with handmade confections by crazy Montmartois stylists whose tiny European closets have become too overstuffed.
When in Paris, beware of the delicious vortex surrounding Chine Machine. You’ll happily be sucked in and spat back out with some vintage treasures there just in time for you to discover.