merci, do good haute shopping in paris

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

from the founders of the french children’s fashion brand, ‘bonpoint‘, comes a new fashion and interiors store that will set a new benchmark in retail. ‘merci’ opened in early march 2009; a stunning 1,500m² store that offers a carefully curated collection of fashion and interiors alongside a florist, a literary café, and much else besides, in the haut-marais district in paris. more than 1,500 products are on offer, but the layout is more reminiscent of a house than a department store with the modern mixed in with traditional and second-hand items. all the profits will go towards a foundation set up to help deprived children in the poorest countries in the world. hence the name; ‘merci’ – or ‘thank you’, since merci would also like to thank the numerous designers, artists, literary figures and other creative souls whose contributions to the project are central to its identity.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

‘merci’ is located in a light-filled former wallpaper factory on the boulevard beaumarchais on the edge of the marais.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

a literary café, ‘the used book café’, featuring second-hand books. for five euros, customers can buy a book to accompany their coffee. each book has been rubberstamped within with ‘merci’ and the name of its donor.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

highlights include hard to find products which the buyers have scoured the globe to find, such as bakelite light switches and power sockets still made in eastern europe to a 1930s design.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

ice bucket

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

‘drucker’, the traditional manufacturer of wicker chairs for cafés and luxury hotels, modernizing their designs in pastel colors.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

dragonfly chair

french companies with a long manufacturing tradition have been commissioned to customise products especially for ‘merci’.

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

a reproduction of stools used in building sites – exclusive to ‘merci’

merci, do good haute shopping in paris

1930s steel chairs manufactured by ‘tolix’ in specially commissioned colors such as black, white or red or multi perforated steel sheet, designed by xavier pauchard. exclusively for ‘merci’. ‘merci’ is europe’s first philanthropic store, and hope to open sister-shops in london, milan,

new york and tokyo. read also http://www.iht.com.

  • JUST WONDERFUL!!!

    Cali
    Mar 19, 2009
  • Seriously, we women do go shopping for no reasons most of the time. How good is this reason!

    GIRL
    Mar 19, 2009
  • that’s chic!

    pam
    Mar 19, 2009

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