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Fashion designers turn to secondhand shops for inspiration

Even a trade fair running alongside Paris fashion week this year contains a shop bringing together some of the French capital's 'pre-worn' designer stores

The current hunger for vintage is said to have started out of economic necessity after the financial crisis, and was helped by the success of American TV series Mad Men, set in the early 1960s.


IT is a humdrum secondhand clothing store in one of the most down-at-heel districts of the French capital. But for designer Francisco Terra and other rising stars of the Paris catwalk, the shop stuffed with shirts and skirts that sell for the price of a coffee is "a temple of...

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