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Creative Concepts

October 27, 2016
Top Picks… Concept Shops

Having spawned iconic boutique Colette, Paris has kept the chic concept stores coming. Our diligent round-up includes these fantastique five…

Hip emporium-cum-cool caff Merci is a Mecca for homewares fans, but also curates own-line and niche designer womens and menswear. Combining a charming courtyard, tiny vintage red Fiat Cinquecento, Used Book Cafe, Cinéma Café and healthy gardenside canteen, it also holds exhibitions. Paola Navone’s fish-shaped green glass tableware is great for gifts.

Looking like a radical gallery (cue layered grey wall coverings) fashion-forward L'Eclaireur is a hub for avant-garde apparel, homewares, perfume and shoes, championing ground-breaking designers. Guys shop Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and Moncler Gamme Bleu; gals check out Maison Margiela, Haider Ackermann and Sacai.

Lifestyle lovely Sept Cinq celebrates local Parisian creatives, showcasing handmade artisanal products. Boots, bags, books, scarves and shoes make the cut, along with watches, jewellery and cards. The cool colour-blocked boutique also hosts a chic salon de thé. Pick up new-season finds, then kick back with hot choc and cake.

NYC-grit-meets-Parisian-chic crib at Paulie and Me, your gorgeously Gallic go-to for beauty booty, jewellery and more. Badines lingerie is super-sexy, Be Parisian’s illustrated totes are witty, and Marion Godart’s bangles raise a smile. The store is an incubator for young and homegrown talent.

Seeking cute kit for les enfants? You’ll discover yummy mummy n’ baby bounty at cute little Gab & Jo, plus fun French multi-brand kit for grown-ups. Paris-themed Kerzon candles, Moulin Rouge fans, Laguiole knives and Eiffel Tower lamps make sussed souvenirs.

Merci / 111 Blvd Beaumarchais, 3rd / +33 1 42 77 00 33 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat /
L'Eclaireur / 40 rue de Sévigné, 3rd / +33 1 48 87 10 22 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, 2-7pm Sun / + branches /
Sept Cinq / 54 rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 9th / +33 9 83 55 05 95 / 11am-8pm Mon-Sat /
Paulie and Me / 68 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1st / +33 6 85 94 04 34 / noon-7pm Tue-Sat /
Gab & Jo / 28 rue Jacob / +33 9 84 53 58 43, 6th / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat /