Blink Travels: Bonjour ‘Merci’

Another billet doux to ‘Merci’ for being the inspirational centre of the retail universe as far as we are concerned. If you haven’t read or heard about ‘Merci’ before, do have a look at our previous posts. Every time we pop in, its a brand new experience as the themes, layout, focal points and product all switch- but overall the mood is still the same- beautifully designed yet functional products for you and your environment, with a touch of humour and lots of personality.

This time, the theme of the store was ‘Urban Picnic’ and this translated as lots of gorgeous tonally dyed, soft Indian cotton and slubby jersey own label womenswear, from bikini’s through to slouchy T-shirt dresses, mixed with easy accessories so that you could be perfectly outfitted when using all of the innovative outdoor cooking and eating products on sale, creating a beachy, holiday vibe right in your own garden or your Parisian townhouse balcony if needed. More of that in our post tomorrow on the gorgeous colours we saw on this visit…

The charitable ethos of this store draws you in, but the product and the creative vibe is what keep you coming back, and back, for more. Every corner you turn is filled with the most beautiful things. We hope these pictures help to share our experience with you.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Isabel Marant at Merci, Paris

The Cinema Cafe, Merci, Paris

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Blink Travels- Thank you Paris

So, once we had managed to drag ourselves out of the hotel (due to Mama Shelter’s super comfy beds and nothing to do with the cocktails!) we set out to the Marais, our favourite area of Paris. We were on the search for excitement and we weren’t disappointed when we discovered the new style mecca, Merci.

We’d read a few articles and were very excited, yet amazingly this beautiful store exceeded our high expectations. We think Merci is the most brilliant Parisian fashion retail arrival since Colette. It combines an arty, artisanal, almost folky vibe with an absolutely up to the moment fashion feel. With three of the four floors dedicated to home, this is a lifestyle store far more than a fashion retailer. The clothing and accessories offer, covering womens, mens and kids, may be small but it’s perfectly formed. Combining vintage with cutting edge brands this store manages to be innovative whilst utterly commercial.

Merci is beautifully presented in a bright and airy warehouse style space around a small courtyard. A cafe in the second hand book department is the last word in relaxed chic. The florist section is rustically charming. The central store display of crockery suspended on ribbons is almost fairytale. In every section there are small, charming and creative touches that are not to be missed.

It’s a must addition to your Paris address book. We feel sure you’ll be saying ‘Thank you’ for Merci too.

Merci

Merci

central store display, Merci

central store display, Merci

the courtyard, Merci

the courtyard, Merci

Used Bookshop and Cafe, Merci

Used Bookshop and Cafe, Merci