@rarebooksparis is the Instagram account offering just that: rare and out of print posts, hard to find tomes, and some of fashion’s most collectable books, with lineup that can just entice all heart-eye emojis.

Plunged into secrecy – the founder, whoever he is, answered our questions in a few words – the account is kept by a former fashion designer who worked for Maison Margiela, which perhaps explains the desire of anonymity: @rarebooksparis has no IRL store or even a website. Instead, a number of selected pages within each manual originated post are published on the @rarebooksparis IG page, along with an email address that customers should contact if they wish to complete a purchase. “I work in an apartment in Paris, but it’s not open to the public,” explains the founder.

As for the collectibles that continually generate the most interest (and excitement) among its followers, Raf Simons Redux (signed by her cover star Robbie Snelders), La Maison Martin Margiela: (9/4/1615), Parisian collections 1981-2000 by Kazuo Ohishi, Self service numbers 1 to 10 and the Comme des Garçons furniture catalog by Rei Kawakubo are all very well ranked, “but the list goes on and on…”.

Citing their favorite archival fashion moments as well as their years working alongside Martin Margiela, the secret founder is less certain when it comes to choosing a favorite book. But with recent articles including Gianni Versace Primavera Estate 1994, the highly sought after catalog designed by Joe McKenna and produced by Donatella Versace, the visual research journals of Phoebe Philo that document her time with Celine, Wolfgang Tillmans Still life (2002), and the special Margiela by Studio voice which sent fans into a frenzy when it hit shelves in July 1998, it’s safe to say that we would be hard-pressed to select ours as well.


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