This Old Thing London

“Are you ever at home?” a friend asked me recently. Well, over the past three weeks, no. Searching for beautiful things has taken me from the south of France to Italy, Germany and the always glamorous Kempton Park. A lonely quest? Sometimes. Exciting? Always. Would I change anything? Not for all the CC’s in Paris. In what other job could you possibly travel around the world, often with your family and generally have a wonderful adventure? I don’t know many. The first stop was the south of France where I found Chanel aplenty including these absolutely stunning star-patterned sunglasses.

Fairs in France are often treasure troves interspersed with, erm, not such glam objects! Where else can you find a stunning Givenchy necklace and Chanel bracelet in amongst broken oil lamps, what I’m pretty sure was a stuffed badger and a variety of novelty mannequin heads? One man’s trash etc etc. 

We rounded off the first leg of our trip with one of our most exciting buys. I love Chanel belts. There is just something so exceptionally fun and fabulous about them and these super-rare examples just made my day.

Now, sometimes when travelling you stumble upon other gems of the non-fashion variety and the B&B that we found in Paris was one of them. The Relais12bis B&B. Effortlessly cool vibes and incredible artwork combined to make this place an utter winner. They are not all like this on the road! We’ll be back for sure.

Italy was next. Former prime-minister Matteo Renzi said “Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” Couldn’t have put it better myself! There is a feeling you get in this wonderful country that is incomparable. The passion, the poise and the smattering of mania combine to make the Italian fairs my favourite in the world. A Goyard trunk that you could fit your mum in, A Chanel Crocodile Clutch bag (one of only four in the world) and the most stunning collection of Hermes Birkins. They are all here.

I couldn’t wait any longer, I pointed at the black Birkin with the gold hardware and nodded. My husband nodded too. It was that time again. It may have been the incendiary mix of Italian espresso and the sheer class of the objects around me but the feeling of buying a Birkin is always almost etherial. Sounds crazy I know but it’s true. Italy, you did it again!

Keep your eyes peeled for the detailed studio shots of the newest Birkin coming soon!

On to a new fair in Germany as we speak, sadly minus mum and husband as they headed back to England. New treasures? Hopefully. Missing my bed a touch? You bet’cha. “Shall we go to Belgium on Friday?” asks my dad.

What do you reckon…..? 

Lots of Love

Charli and the TOTL family

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