Paris’ hip le Marais district, known for its bustling boutique and café culture vibe, is the home of the concept store Merci. Merci is the creation of dynamic duo Marie-France and husband Bernard Cohen – who found previous success with chic children’s label Bonpoint.
Housed in a former factory on the Boulevard Beaumarchais and spread over three floors, the boutique stocks an eclectic mix of designer pieces (from Stella McCartney to Yves Saint Laurent) alongside vintage and bespoke creations, as well as interior goodies for the home, a ‘used-book café’ and flower shop.
Hermès newest store in Paris on Rue de Sèvres is a space which used to be home to the Lutetia hotel’s indoor swimming pool. As a reminder of the former pool, Hermes lined up a band of kids in matching swimsuits to greet guests, while on a balcony, great moments in swimming-pool cinema screened on a loop.
The store showcases the recent addition of furnishings fabrics, wallpaper, carpets, and the new Jean-Michel Frank par Hermès numbered furniture re-editions. For the first time, the Hermes home collection includes carpets which have been created by American artists Janis Provisor and Brad Davis.Nearly half of the three-level, 700 sqm space is devoted to home, including a flower shop (Baptiste) stocked with exotica like New Zealand coral peonies and lichen branches. There’s a bookstore, too, the Chaîne d’Encre created with Actes Sud with an array of books from architecture, photography, applied arts and horse riding. Le Plongeoir is a tea bar on the balcony, serving a wide range of infusion teas.HERMES’s brand new store is a statement of creativity which draws impeccably on its heritage. The new opening, which comes amid the major scandal concerning the stake of 17% in Hermes recently acquired by LVMH, demonstrates HERMES is committed to exclusivity and creativity even when it comes to its store concepts. During the scandal, one of HERMES’s arguments against the stake acquired by LVMH was that HERMES does not aim to become a corporate giant with a huge international network such as Louis Vuitton.
3 consonants and 1 vowel for 2 talented designers who have had an enormous success since they took the risk to create a clothing line that is both simple and chic. Childhood friends, Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief love fashion, travelling and meetings of all sorts;
It was in July 2003 that they decided to create the « ideal closet » by designing clothes that they felt like wearing everyday. Subtly mixing designs that are simple and feminine, using soft and natural fabrics, their collections are light in spirit, but chic, romantic and modern.They follow their instincts and desires. The collections are trendy and made of constant: prints, fine fabrics such as shear cotton, cashmere, and silk presented in fine cuts and shapes.
With a strong sense of identity and image, Barbara and Sharon decided to also develop an « urban chic » accessory line to complement their collections..