She’s engaging, charming, and charismatic. When I sit down for a chat, it can go on for a lot longer as she has lots of stories to tell. We found lots of common interests such as vintage,travelling and the love of excellence and handiwork in everything that surrounds us. Monique Geallad is the owner of a jewel box of a store, Du Chic à Vendre, that sells great vintage pieces and also newer selected items that have already had an owner and are looking for the next loving one.
It is recent venture for this French-raised Lebanese that has lived in Portugal for over twenty years. She studied and worked as an interpreter and a translator in French to Portuguese and vice-versa, raised her children, and after her divorce, decided to re-sell her friends unwanted designer pieces. Very soon she started to stock also a vintage collection of clothes, accessories and jewelry.
This stunning dress belonged to Romy Schneider, and so it is a little piece of fashion history that can be yours.
From a small project in Monte Estoril with a French friend, it grew, then outgrew itself until she settled in Lisbon in Campo de Ourique. In Estoril, she met the former housekeeper of Romy Schneider, (the French/German actress who was known for her role in the Sissi trilogy and married to Alain Delon), who gave her amazing Chanel dresses from Romy’s wardrobe. Such finds are hard to come by, and Monique wisely sticks to no specific time period with her vintage pieces as they tend to be on the small side for today’s woman. And although she has no designer favourites, her dream would be to own her very own princess Dior gown! To her, the finishing, the particulars of a garment or an accessory are the most important details in choosing what she sells. She’ll even buy a piece for its buttons…
It’s curated, and loved, with interesting and different items, with a lot of personality. You’ll find Chanel and Prada to Roger Vivier and Miu Miu, just waiting to be “adopted” into a second life.
Visit Du Chic à Vendre at Rua Azedo Gneco 80A, in Campo de Ourique, Lisbon.
Vintage and second hand shopping is unlike the kind of mass shopping we have now, as the pleasure in finding that one piece that is unique, and only you’ll have it, is fantastic.
Enjoy searching for your treasure, or handing your own to be prized by another.