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Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 7, 2013

Paris' Most Exciting Shop Is Now Online

Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 7, 2013

We first posted on Paris' charitable superstore, Merci, back in 2009 when owners Bernard and Marie-France Cohen (the founders of children's line Bonpoint) opened the shop in an old factory building. Today it's a cult classic, and every Parisian I met had at least ten things from Merci in their house. Now that they're online (good news for those of us on the other side of the ocean), Merci is worth another look.

Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: The Cohens' shop is a completely charitable concept store, with proceeds going to children's charities in Madagascar. Since the end of 2012, more than 900 children have benefitted from a well-balanced meal in paternship with PAM (World Feeding Program) and schools in Ankilimivony, Ankilibory, and Ambola have continued to run thanks to donations from Merci.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: A series of 330L Bacsac Planters, made from a felt interior for drainage and anti-UV and frostproof polypropylene; €128 each.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Upon entering the shop, to your right you'll find the coffee bar and library of donated books and overhead, a rotating exhibition of the moment (this time Merci was all about brooms and brushes). Also on the ground floor: an Aesop and Annick Goutal boutique as well as menswear.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Pass under the brooms and just a half a floor up is womenswear, accessories, and shoes.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Downstairs is Merci's other cafe, garden, and kitchenware (plus enamel lighting priced below what you find in the US). Above are high quality rubber gloves on the cheap.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Falconware Enamel Tumblers in classic colors for €7.90.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Industrial-like bins of smaller Bacsac planters.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Randomly placed shelves on a wall of white bricks display the top products of the moment.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Head upstairs for furniture, dining accessories, stationery, and their famous French household linen.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Colorful Holdall Bags for €19 made from the same soft European linen used in Merci's bed linens.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

Above: Shades of green on a fully set table on the upstairs floor.

Merci Shop in Paris, France, Remodelista

If you're in Paris now, drop by for a look at the latest installation: a collaboration with John Malkovich. For more places to visit nearby see our Travels with an Editor: Paris series and visit our Paris City Guide.

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