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vintage jewelry in paris: au grenier de lucie in the paris flea market

Ivintage Paris wedding jewelrynspired by the recent 1920’s Great Gatsby style wedding trend, as well as all of the other Parisian Art Deco loveliness that seems to be circulating around, I felt compelled to pay a little visit to one of my favorite boutiques in les puces (the Saint Ouen Flea Market of Paris), Au Grenier de Lucie. Opened in 1987 by Franco-British couple Lucie Ellis and Alain Dufour, Au Grenier de Lucie in the Marché Aux Puces in Paris has been on the “must see” lists for vintage jewelry lovers from around the globe for nearly a quarter of a century. Since her retirement in 2005, Lucie’s son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Heidi Ellis, have continued her passion for vintage fashion, growing the business so much that in 2009 they moved into a larger space in the Puces, at the Marché Vernaison.

Au Grenier de Lucie offers a whole range of costume jewelry dating from the 1920s to the present. Their jewelry is sourced worldwide and includes pieces from French designers such as Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, Lanvin, Lacroix and American classics like Miriam Haskell and Joseff of Hollywood.  During Paris Fashion Week, their sweet little shop is bursting at the seams with fashion editors from Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar—all looking for that unique piece. They pride themselves on the fact that they can guarantee a special something for everyone, even a princess. They also carry a range of rare nineteenth-century crowns that they’ve collected from churches around France.

Heidi and Jason took me exploring through their precious treasure-trove, and spoke to me about what Parisian women are on the hunt for when looking for vintage bijoux fantasie (costume jewelry).

heidi ellis: The typical French client always knows what she’s looking for and what suits her best. She’s not driven by designer names but by her desire to “get it right.” Many Parisian women opt for the classic pearls and simple designs. As regard to French designers, they appear to be particularly drawn towards Christian Dior 1960’s pieces. However the younger Parisian girls love Balenciaga and Lanvin. The Parisian women also opt for Miriam Haskell 1940’s to 50’s pieces, as they do Bijoux Heart one-of-a-kind pieces. Chanel has long been a favorite for all women everywhere, of course, and her stunning pieces are always sought after. Other highly regarded designers include Yves St. Laurent and more recently Christian Lacroix. However, for some it is not about the designer but about which piece draws them in, lights up their faces and makes them feel special when wearing it.

parisian party: Paris is known for being the “center of the universe” when it comes to the Art Deco movement in design and style. What ways can vintage jewelry be incorporated into a French wedding look, in particular, if a couple wants to play up Paris during “les annees folles”?

heidi ellis: Many a bride has found her treasure in Au Grenier de Lucie. As jewelry is timeless, any of the pieces can be incorporated into a wedding look. Some girls love the pieces from the 30s and 40s, whereas others opt for contemporary designs that use vintage components. The key to success is finding that piece that adds the finishing touch. Some of the key jewelry designers from the Art Deco era were Chanel, Miriam Haskell and Elsa Schiaparelli. All three designers were committed to fashion and were rivals in their day. The 20s and 30s are so nostalgic and it is easy to understand why weddings depicting this era are so popular today. Finding pieces by these three designers from this era are rare. However, we do come across them from time to time, and they find their way into many ladies’ treasure-troves.

parisian party: Vintage designer jewelry pieces can often carry a pretty big price tag. You also sell certain lines in your shop that are new pieces made from repurposed, high-end costume jewelry. This can sometimes offer an alternative for brides on a budget. Can you tell me a bit about some of these newer designers, and what was it about them that attracted you to carry them in your shop alongside the classics?

heidi ellis: Bijoux Heart is a favorite of ours. They create the most beautiful, unique modern pieces made of vintage stones and modern crystals. Their designs and colors are exquisite, and the craftsmanship is truly remarkable, as Tracy Graham and her partner Robbie are so committed and passionate about their work. We’re delighted to be the only boutique in France offering their line of jewelry. We also like to encourage young Parisian designers such as Kormilitz, who uses vintage components in her designs as well. It was wonderful to see her excitement when we agreed to become her first point of sale in Paris. We feel it’s so important to support new, aspiring, young designers.  For us, it’s essential to house a range of designs to cater for all tastes. We have one rule: If it is beautiful, then we have a place for it in our boutique!

au grenier de lucie
Marché Vernaison, Allée 1 stand 25, 99, rue de rosiers, Saint-Ouen

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real (parisian) wedding wednesday: an art deco gatsby wedding

One of the best moments in designing and planning weddings is when you meet with new clients, and you suddenly realize that you are completely in tune with them. They’re describing their vision of their wedding to you, and it feels like someone has reached into your head and stolen your thoughts!  I’ve adored the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements since I was a teeny-tiny girl, and I’ve been super excited that the ever-present “Vintage Wedding” craze has taken a turn towards the 1920’s lately.  I’d been playing around with some design ideas and creating inspiration boards around a Great Gatsby/Paris in the 20’s wedding, when Jessica and Scott contacted me about their celebration. They, also, are in love with the Art Deco era, and wanted an event that was both “period” and elegant, but also something a bit over-the-top - since their family and friends coming over from New York like to have a good time (comme on dit…).  What we ended up creating was a day that truly celebrated Paris in the roaring 20’s.

With help from make-up artist Sanni Sorma, and hair stylist Pia Paysant (both Swedish, Paris-based beauty babes)  Jessica and Scott got gorgeously “In the Mood for Love” in their Marais vacation rental apartment.  Then, with photographer David Bacher leading the way- they took to the streets for a whirlwind pre-ceremony photo session:

art-deco-paris-weddingparis-art-deco-weddingparis-in-the-20s-wedding-themeMeanwhile, parked in front of the Musée d’Orsay,  Team parisian events was goofing off working like dogs to transform a small boat on the Seine into an elegant,  Art Deco speakeasy- complete with stacks of fedoras, mounds of feather boas, miles of faux pearls and armfuls of phalaenopsis orchids. Oh, and there was whiskey.

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Guests began to arrive just as the sun was setting, and Jessica and Scott’s intimate evening ceremony began:

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After the “I do’s” were complete-  and the food, champagne and music was freely flowing-  we set to work passing out props to the pampered guests, who were pleasantly surprised (to say the least), by the traditional flaming French croquembouche wedding cake that was brought out to the happy couple:paris-art-deco-speakeasy-wedding

But the biggest surprise of all were the professional dancers planted among the guests, who “spontaneously” burst into a wild Lindy Hop during the couple’s first dance. They were the icing on the cake for this speakeasy wedding- and kept the group entertained for the rest of the evening: paris-art-deco-speakeasy-great-gatsby-weddingWe helped Jessica and Scott to create a magical evening for their guests- a trip back in time to when Paris was the center of the artistic universe. Les annees folles- the crazy years! A time that’s been immortalized in books, paintings, music and films.  After their amazing 1920’s wedding, Jessica, Scott, and their family and friends now have another reason to call Paris A Moveable Feast.

photos © David Bacher

real (parisian) wedding wednesday: paris in the 1950’s

From the beginning, Lindsay was crazy for an elegant, glamorous Chateau de Versailles look for her springtime Paris wedding. As we got to know each other over email and Skype, though,  I was completely inspired by her and her fiancé Josh’s fun, youthful energy. I was afraid that going full on, “High-Glitz” Marie-Antoinette would have been too heavy, and in the end, not really reflect their personalities. So, combining their youthfulness with their sophisticated side, I pulled together classic Christian Dior, vintage Bourjois magazine ads and images of debutante balls at the Hotel Crillon to create a “Paris in the 50’s” inspiration for their event.

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On the day of their wedding, Lindsay almost eerily channeled the sweet sophistication of Grace Kelly on the cusp of becoming Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco,  while Josh stayed true to his playful, “Cary Grant-meets-a young JFK” nature - including partaking in a bit of pre-wedding spirits at a Parisian watering hole with his Chicago posse. For the intimate group of friends and family that were able to make the trip, Lindsay and Josh’s 1950’s-inspired Parisian wedding was truly inoubliable. Take a look:paris-wedding-make-up

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all photos © ianholmes, event coordination & design by parisian events