“MERCI” is a concept store as well as a charity shop. Bernand and Marie-France Cohen (the couple behind the luxury children’s clothing brand Bonpoint) now introduce the newest Parisian wonderland. Opened in March 2009, their Marais shop is a 1,500-square-meter designer mecca:
clothes made by “des jeunes créateurs”, used books in a “café bouquiniste”, home and kitchenware and furniture. The designer corner cradles pieces created especially for the store by the likes of YSL, Stella McCartney, Azzaro, Alexis Mabille and Marni—and cost 30-40 percent less than from its respective name-brand stores.
We rather describe it as an up-market (and dito priced) charity store given the fact they sell vintage items as well as designer items, At merci, you can find flowers, fragrances and jewelry as well, a vintage clothing selection bursting at the seams with Burberry coats, Dior jackets and Chanel quilted bags. Teenage girls and their well-heeled mothers, rejoice!
The “charity” part kicks in at the level of the seller, as all profits go to a fund to help kids in Madagascar and the staff consists of volunteers. An ambitious but beautiful project given the recession we’re in.
With its 1500 square meters the store is quite big and organized over three floors. Just the location – a former fabric factory – and the way everything is displayed makes this store worth a visit – and I’m sure once there you’ll be able to find something to your taste…
Just know that every euro cent spent will go to a good cause…
merci is located at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris – Métro 8 – Saint-Sébastien-Froissart. You can visit their website here: www.merci-merci.com