Merci, Paris: Part 2Monday, September 28, 2009 Sunday Suppers
Part 2 of our Paris post was a visit to the amazing “merci” store in the marais. Housed in a former wallpaper factory “merci” is an incredible 16,000 square foot industrial conversion on the boulevard beaumarchais. The store is a 4-story haven, featuring a flower store, a used book shop, a perfume bar, designer clothing, a kids boutique, a fabric shop and more. It’s truly like nothing we’ve ever seen. We loved the cute red vintage car when you enter, the vintage crates as wall shelves, and the little herb garden below, it was all very parisian and so chic. Scroll down for some photos below.
And are you ready for the best part? Furniture, clothing, and other pieces for the home are all donated by designers like YSL, Stella McCartney, Azzaro, Alexis Mabille and Marni. 100% of the proceeds from Merci go to a homeless charity in Madagascar called Accueil des Sans-abri. The store was started by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of Bonpoint clothing, (by the way- the most gorgeous french kids clothing line).
The Perfume bar is an Annick Goutal laboratory where you can create your own fragrance. Since the brand is not taking any profit on sales, the scents cost 40 percent less at Merci than at the brand’s own boutique. The bottom floor houses kitchen goods, and decor items, where we stocked up on some wonderful pieces for our last sunday supper. There is also a communal cafe, serving coffees and treats. From the concept to the design- merci is a flawless project, and for such a good cause…we came back inspired & excited to share !
Merci is located at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003. Next time you’re in paris, you must go!