34 quai d’Austerlitz
Tel : 01 76 77 25 30
40, rue de la roquette
Tel : 01.48.05.82.86
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 19:00 pm
Metro Bastille – Ligne 1, 5, 8
Bus N°69 / Arrêt Bréguet Sabin
I am staying in Paris with a good friend an author, stylist and designer. She has her finger on the button, so you are getting an insiders view here!. Paris. is currently full of Concept Stores. At this point a lively discussion should ensue about the nature of concept stores. Are they a place where one person presents his or her ideas, in the form of goods for sale, in a coherent and cohesive way? Or is it a way of having a cool gallery space dotted with a few choice items, often very ugly, many by well known designers being sold for extortionate sums.That is not forgetting the bouncers. Many of these stores employ bouncers. this can be quite intimidating as you feel you are being followed by a pick pocket. The reality is that, if you don’t look the part, you are being followed to make sure you don’t pick pocket!
The home concept store La Tresorerie is a real find.
This is a cohesive store; well presented kitchen, cleaning, sewing, painting and bedding items as well as rugs and furniture are for sale. It has a freshness and optimism reminiscent of the early Habitat concept. You are only getting a picture of cleaning brushes here, but the shop is full of covetable items such as linen towels, aprons, and tea towels, woollen blankets some fifties inspired coffee tables. There is a cafe attached, so if your companion is taking too long drooling over the goods you can pop next door for a coffee.
Our next Concept Store ‘The Broken Arm ‘.
The piece I quote here is from Ten days in Paris .com http://www.tendaysinparis.com
‘Friends Anê¯s Lafarge, Guillaume Steinmetz et Romain Joste opened the large, light filled space overlooking the leafy Square du Temple in February (three years after starting online magazine De Jeunes Gens Modernes), and it has been packed with like-minded young creative types ever since.
The Scandinavian feel concept store stocks carefully selected prêt-à -porter lines from the likes of Phillip Lim, Carven, Otswald Helgason and Raf Simons as well as a range of books, magazines and other beautifully crafted lifestyle items which make it very hard to leave empty handed.’
My view of this Concept store is quite different to hers, although I loved many of the clothes similar in Style to ‘Cos’. The prices were far higher. http://www.cosstores.com/fr/ and I didn’t like many of the materials used. I no longer wish to wear neoprene dresses.
The shop itself with its old fashioned staircase is a nice place to be in, as is the cafe next door. They have a great book and magazine collection too, but I left without making a purchase.
‘See’ are the best off the peg reading glasses in the world. They come in bright fruit pastille colours pink, red, blue and white. Not cheap by ‘Off the peg’ standards but properly designed. They are only sold in one Parisian shop,Colette,as it happens one of the first Concept stores. This emporium comes complete with muscle bound bouncers and effete sales reps. Currently there is a “Neverland’ exhibition on the first floor of photographs of the rhinestone gloves and shoes worn by the late Michael Jackson.
213 Rue Saint-Honore 75001