Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Let’s say merci! Merci! Merci! Because this is what we’ve all been waiting for: a fancy charity-shop where you can go on spending spree with a clear conscience, for a change. In other words: This is heaven for the Parisian bobo. Spent money and feel good!
Imagine you’ll buy the cute red leather pants from Isabel Marant your are longing for for since months just to do a good deed before Christmas! How is this possible? Because all the profits of Merci are going to a women and children’s charity in Madagascar.
If that is so, why not taking the lovely boots too? Or the vintage chair over there? Or the cute glass vase?
You’ve got the point? Right. Merci is the reinvention of capitalism. Something new, not a concept store, not a charity shop, but both of these and much more. A new shopping world, intellectually attractive and socially correct.
Situated in a beautiful XIXth century building of the Upper-Marais, Merci has become, in very short time, a fashion and design mecca. Over 1500 sq meters you can find almost everything thing: not only cutting-edge labels and young designers, jewellery, perfumes of Annick Goutal, but also furniture and design and kitchen equipment. There’s a lovely old-fashioned haberdashery and a Used Book Café, where you can sit down and read, and a nice, informal restaurant; sometimes little exhibitions are held in the beautiful glass-covered hall of the building. In other words: Merci is a place you like to be. You can easily spent you day there without getting bored.
Marie-France Cohen and her recently deceased husband Bernard, the founders of the very successful and very posh children’s label Bonpoint, opened the shop in spring 2009. Their idea was not to make more money (after having sold their business they made more than enough, I suppose), but to be grateful. “The idea was to thank life for having been pampered so long”, Marie-France says today. “We wanted to give back to society what it had given us.”
Also Marie-France wanted to prove that charity does not necessarily have to be fusty and musty, but can actually be elegant, gracefull, cutting-edge and even “sexy”, as she puts it.
So what are you waiting for? Come and have a look. Merci is fun, even if you don’t buy the Yves Saint-Laurent trench. But is there really anyone who has left there with nothing?Merci 111, boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris +33 (0)1 42 77 00 33 Métro: Saint-Sébastien Froissart Monday to Saturday from 10h – 19h