On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, I ventured out in my Parisian neighborhood which straddles Saint-Germain and Montparnasse to explore some recent store openings.
My first (highly anticipated) stop was the Christian Lacroix store at 2-4 Place St Sulpice. As you may know, Lacroix has become a licensing operation so I was happy to see a store reopened, and in the same location no less. The boutique boasts the concept of Mix & Match, and is the brainchild of Creative Director Sacha Walckhoff.
The store feels a bit like a ‘cabinet de curiosités’ with a keen eye on design. Zebra rugs, accent pillows and black and white geometric fitting rooms make for a great contrast to the raw and brick walls that line the space. As for the goods, the highlight for me was an assortment of beautiful Christian Lacroix stationary and a display of accessories including sunglasses and even vintage Lacroix jewelry. The space also features scarves, leather goods, home accents and the men’s Ready-to-Wear collection. When I visited, the store showcased the work of artist collaboration Rodrigo Almeida x Sacha Walckhoff in the window, a part of Designers Days.
In other Lacroix news.. today marks the opening of a new Lacroix exhibit at the National Costume Museum in Moulins, France. Titled “Christian Lacroix, La Source et le Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris,” the exhibit features the costumes he designed for the most recent ballet production of La Source, with all costumes and accessories displayed by scene.
After Lacroix, I headed to a nearby pop-up store, but not just any pop-up. Hermès has dedicated 8 rue de Sèvres (across the street from it’s full-line store) to a temporary space for women’s footwear.
The V-shaped space felt minimalist, with Hermès orange walls, windows that surrounded the space overlooking the street and vertical orange florescent lights. Stacks of boxes were positioned in the center of the V, I suppose optimizing space, while shoes were displayed on cubes in front of all the windows. To be honest, I expected something a little more interesting. I just couldn’t help but think of how discount shoe stores often employ the strategy of serve-yourself with piles of boxes. Surely that isn’t the case with Hermès but I think the execution could have been better. Or perhaps the space might have came together at the last minute, which would explain it. Afterall, the Hermès-owned brand Shang Xia is set to take up residence at the same location later this year.
My final neighborhood destination was a shop called STORIE that I’ve walked by a few times before and said to myself I need to spend some time in there one of these days.. I’m glad I finally did. By their own definition, STORIE is an independent boutique featuring exceptional objects created by people with a story to tell. I’ll let the photos do the talking first..
As you can see, STORIE is not one of those shops you go in knowing what you want or what you will find. And that’s kind of the point. Products range from artwork to table settings, infant apparel, jewelry, home goods, lights and more. An excellent discovery store if you will, and one I will surely re-visit for unique gifting purposes (to myself and others). It’s not just a matter of finding something interesting and buying it.. it’s about meeting new brands and learning the stories behind them. If you like Anthropologie, you’ll love STORIE.. 20 rue Delambre. And there you have it, the story is out!