WHERE TO BUY SECOND HAND CLOTHES IN GENEVA
by Laura Ngo-Fontaine
Geneva is well stocked with well-known brands and luxury boutiques. But if you are looking for original, one-off pieces, and a more environmentally friendly way to shop, walk off the high street and venture into some of Geneva’s second-hand and vintage stores.
Here are some local gems we can recommend:
FLAIR NO. 3
This lovely boutique just off of Place des Augustins is home to some fabulous vintage and second-hand items, including women’s clothing and accessories by high-end brands. All items are carefully curated by the petite and energetic Marisa, who started the shop 14 years ago, driven by a passion for fashion and flea markets. Marisa’s keen sense of style and great advice makes it hard to leave this treasure trove empty-handed.
Rue John-Grasset 3
Tuesday- Friday 12h30-18h30
COCO and CO
In the heart of Carouge, pop into Coco and Co and browse through a big selection of pre-loved, second-hand, high-end brands and independent designers, ranging from Celine and Bottega Veneta bags, to soft Repeat cashmere sweaters and Jimmy Choo shoes. For the past ten years, Coco and Co has been providing a sustainable alternative, offering affordable and trendy clothing. Be sure to chat with Emmanuelle, who will serve you a coffee and help you find the perfect fit.
7 Rue Saint Victor
Wednesday to Friday: 11h00-18h30
RAFET COUTURE & VINTAGE
A recent addition to the up-and-coming Quai du Rhone area near Jonction, Rafet hosts a small but growing selection of timeless pieces, such as hard-to-find silk blouses from Courreges and lovely wool coats from the 1960s. Rafet —“beautiful” in Wolof – is the creation of Fatou, who offers bespoke tailoring and custom-made clothing alongside her vintage collection. Watch this space for more women’s vintage wear in the near future…
24 Rue du Stand
Tuesday to Friday from 10h30 to 18h30
Saturday: 10h to 18h
LA CASE A MAX
Max started this second-hand men’s clothing shop in the Pâquis neighbourhood 25 years ago because he wanted to give his male customers a bespoke shopping experience that brings together client relationships and personal shopping advice at good prices. La Case a Max carries both second-hand menswear and new clothing at outlet store prices, with a focus on products that are made in Europe. Join the shop’s client list to get advance notice of sales. If you are looking for a particular brand or item of clothing, Max will find it for you—usually at a better price than Geneva’s department stores.
19 Rue de la Navigation