Merci-full Shopping

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
By Summer Rahman
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Can a Chanel handbag save a life? Marie and Bernard Cohen think so. The couple who launched Bonpoint, the luxury children’s clothing line, now bring us indulgent guilt-free shopping in the form of Paris’ first charity store and concept shop. Opened in March 2009, Merci creatively combines the French love for shopping with an awareness of those who can’t – all profits are donated to aid children in Madagascar. ?

Merci reads the cheerful red Fiat perched in the courtyard marking the entrance to an eyebrow raising 16,000 square feet of a 3-tier industrial loft meets country cottage space – a rare feat in the Marais which is sprinkled with cute boutiques by up and coming designers. Merci boasts a café, restaurant, an Annick Goutal perfume bar, and is strewn with flowers, jewelry, custom furniture, a selection of Bonpoint clothing for kids, and discounted designer and vintage clothes for you fashionistas.

The gallery-like interior allows you to meander and dream away the possibilities. Create your own signature scent or compliment your pedi with a pair of K. Jacques St. Tropez gladiator sandals. Then take a break at the main level café which houses a used bookstore where you can sip tea and savour a moist lemon gateau while browsing through the grand selection of titles.

This is a place that has it all and a name that says it all!

111 boulevard Beaumarchais
75003, Paris
+33(0)1 42 77 00 33

Open Monday toSaturday from 10 to 19 h
Métro Saint Sébastien-Froissart (ligne 8)

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One Response to “Merci-full Shopping”

  1. Marina Feehan

    I wish I had known about this shop during my recent June visit to Paris! I’ll definitely stop in on my next trip.


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