Situated in the heart of the trendy Rue Montorgueil neighborhood in the center of the city, Kiliwatch is a local temple for the discerning vintage fashion fan. This is far from being a bargain bin, but you can often find gorgeous designer pieces here for relatively reasonable prices-- especially during the annual sales in Paris. Kiliwatch also offers a good selection of new clothing from edgy urban designers, and also boasts an onsite fashion bookshop.
I recommend stopping by this coveted address before or after having lunch or a stroll around the cobbled market streets on and around Rue Montorgeuil and Rue Tiquetonne.
Location and Contact Information:
Address: 64 Rue Tiquetonne, 2nd arrondissement
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 21 17 37
Open: The store is open Monday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. May be closed on certain French bank holidays including Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and May 1st: call ahead when in doubt.
On the web: Visit the official site (in English)
Main Departments at Kiliwatch
Like most vintage stores, there's a sense of creative chaos on dusty discovery at Kiliwatch: new and used items tend to share racks, and you'll have to spend some time working your way through the tightly packed spaces to find that perfect pair of 1920s heels or Dior-inspired pantsuit. Nevertheless, the store is roughly divided into three main sections.
Men's and Women's Fashion
Kiliwatch's specialty is vintage fashion, but you'll have to head to the back of the store to find most of the goods. This boutique tends to be expensive compared to smaller, less hip vintage shops around the city, but the mix and quality make it a good place to head if you don't have time to rummage around in several places.
The shop also stocks new items from hip urban designers like Nümph. T-shirts with quirky and original prints are often in abundance at the store: I've found many of my favorite tees while visiting the store during sales season.
Accessories, Shoes, and Jewelry:
A good mix of new and used accessories and footwear can be found toward the front of the store. There's also a selection of books (mostly on fashion, art, and design) for style-conscious bookworms. It's not as impressive a selection as you'll find at rival concept shops Colette and Merci, but it's still pleasant to browse.
If you feel comfortable browsing the store's online shop (in French only), it's a recommended way to find regular deals on items including designer jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, men and women's formalwear.