merci, j’taime

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hi. it’s the francophile again.

i’m super jazzed about how the french continue to inspire the world with its innovative and charming store concepts…..

case in point: Paris’ newest concept shop, Merci, which opened Thursday is what they are calling France’s first “charity” store.

Housed in three floors (1500 square meters total) of an 1920s industrial building on the Boulevard Beaumarchais in Bastille, the concept of Merci is to gather all sorts of tasteful merchandise under one roof–from home furnishings to fashion, from table top accessories to flowers.

pourquoi j’aime le merci:

(why i love merci)

– the charming used book shop (my favorite part of the store) where you can rest with a tea or coffee while reading. Books are second hand, in many languages and come from donations.

– an Annick Goutal fragrance laboratory to create your own fragrance & refill your empty bottles at 40% off.

– an old fashion haberdashery shop wher you can buy top buttons, ribbons and zippers

– unique pieces by Isabel Marant, Jérôme Dreyfuss, Marni, Paul & Joe, Stella McCartney, Swildens, Christian Tortu, YSL and much more.

– Everything has a sustainable, recycled sense to it: In the bookshop there are donated books selling for 3 euros.

– in the flower shop by Christian Tortu, only flowers in season are sold

– profits are donated to charities in Madagascar.

– the whimsical in store displays & props…minis filled with flea market treasures, deco jeweled chandeliers…..

– it inspires the senses, the spirit and the soul.

anyone up for a weekend jaunt to the city of lights?




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  1. totally saw this on wgsn this week and thought of you because of the book shop! your own little heaven waiting for you in paris…..

    Posted 3.20.09 Reply