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Pandemic lends modern twist to French vintage fashion sales

PARIS (Reuters) – In Artcurial’s auction house overlooking the shuttered boutiques of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, vintage fashion expert Clara Vivien is overseeing the sale of hundreds of Chanel jackets, shoes and jewelled accessories – all online.

Paris may be the world’s fashion capital, but a third COVID-19 lockdown is once again sending lovers of luxury who have time to spare and money to spend on to their screens in search of a the next vintage Chanel dress or Hermes handbag.

Vintage was already enjoying a revival, Vivien said, driven by a growing discomfort with “fast fashion” among consumers and increasing environmental awareness. But the pandemic shifted more of it online.

“Vintage is exploding on the second-hand market,” Vivien said. “People can’t walk into boutiques and so shop at online auctions.”

Handbags sell particularly well. “People who bought a Chanel or a Hermes bag today delight in the

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French Beauty Mogul Sylvie Chantecaille Found Inspiration for Her Latest Collection from Her Own Garden

Photo credit: Courtesy of Chantecaille
Photo credit: Courtesy of Chantecaille

From Veranda

Sylvie Chantecaille is a modern Renaissance woman. The art-collector-turned-cosmetics pioneer is known for balancing the latest science and technology with natural, holistic ingredients in her award-winning luxury cosmetics, skincare, and fragrance brand, Chantecaille, which has continued to set new standards for modern luxury in its 20 years.

The accidental beauty mogul grew up in a family of art collectors in Paris and spent her life preparing to follow suit, until destiny finally arrived once she moved to New York in the ’70s. Chantecaille began working with fellow ex-pat and friend Diane Von Furstenberg on a chic cosmetics line that caught the attention of the iconic Estée Lauder. Lauder quickly recognized Chantecaille’s talent and interest in the latest technology to improve upon cosmetics and helped the budding beauty maven launch her first line under the Estée Lauder name, which became one of the brand’s

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