“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: ‘MERCI’ STORE





Since its opening in 2009, A-Gent of Style never fails on his annual trip to Paris to pop in Merci, the concept store on Boulevard Beaumarchais in the trendy Oberkampf neighbourhood.

Truth be told, I love walking around Merci more than the actual retail therapy experience and since London hasn’t got a similar kind of store, like L.A has plenty of for instance, it’s always a treat to come back and see what new quirks Merci has to offer.


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Situated in an 19th C 16,000-square-feet fabric factory, Merci is a mecca of iconic, innovative or emerging designs, some vintage, set in an artfully composed, contemporary space on different levels, in a vast and airy loft made of wood, concrete and steel (with lots of Crittal doors, windows and skylights – happy days) offering various products ranging from furniture, fashion (for women, men and children), jewellery and gardening to household items and beauty through to stationery but also a flower shop, cosy tearoom-cum-library, street-side eaterie and, for only 10 days in June, a pop-up hotel, Hotel Droog from Amsterdam.


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Created by Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, founders of renowned children’s clothing line Bonpoint, Merci donates all of its proceeds (after breaking even) to a foundation that will help underprivileged women and children.



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The mascot of the store: the vintage shiny red Fiat 500.


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