Jules isn’t the only Parisian who loves vintage clothes, and because of this trend, premises dedicated to vintage fashion are springing up all over the capital. Among these boutiques, there are very few who have a real charm. That’s why Jules likes FrJp. Nobuko Nishimura is a Franco-Japanese former stylist and the boutique is restrained but full of little gems.
Nobuko is very kind to Jules, as she is with all her customers. When she opened in 2004, she had some Japanese designs but mainly vintage clothes. These days her stock is mostly French and with some American pieces ranging from the period 1900 to 1990. Not necessarily certain brands (former military uniforms from the Algerian war) and casual, workers blue from the 40s, jeans and converse form that period (‘made in the USA that’s become more and more rare!’ cries Nobuko) Adidas made in France (‘a real collector’s item’ because Adidas nowadays is made in Asia much more), and old Levi’s…
And for Jules’ girlfriends there are delightful pieces – dresses from Courrèges from 1969 (1200 to 1500€) or a Chanel ensemble from the 1960s dress/petticoat/stole (3850€). No reason for panic, for those with slightly smaller budgets, there are also dresses for 120€. There are also original non designer bags, a must have cult vintage item for girls, and the renowned Birkin (the famous bag belonging to Hermès) up to 4500€ depending on what state they are in. And then a brief stroll into designer’s world, with a charming feminine lingerie range, designed by Maria Reina with lace which was once new but are now vintage.
Generally speaking, Nobuko caters more for smaller sizes, and dresses several men. Jules really likes the simplicity of the interior, and the cult collector’s items, taking into account the little stroll around the extremely chic Place des Victoires.
8 rue de la Vrillière, 75001, PARIS Tel: 01 42 96 11 48 open Tuesday to Friday from 11hr to 19hr30, Saturdays 14hr to 19hr and by appointment. www.frjp-boutique.com