On an otherwise conventional Friday morning during Paris Fashion Week in late September, with flotillas of black cars arriving at salubrious venues scattered across the city, a showroom in the 16th arrondissement was about to host a different kind of coveted ticketed event: a trip back in time — specifically, to the vaunted Phoebe Philo era at Celine (a.k.a. Céline). 

“People went nuts for these pieces,” says Sofia Bernardin, co-founder of Re-See, which hosted the weekend-long archive sale dedicated to the Philo years at the French heritage brand at its newly-opened Paris showroom. “There are definitely brands that follow trends, and there are brands that focus on longevity and timelessness — that’s what Phoebe Philo did.”

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