And then there’s the shop itself. They describe themselves as a concept store, and sell clothes, accessories, homeware and stationery, spread over three floors of a former wallpaper factory. It’s quite an experience – you enter through a courtyard, past an old, red Fiat 500, and into a large, light, double-height space. This summer, they’ve even set up camp on this spot, with old-fashioned canvas tents, artificial grass and a huge photographic mural of a lakeside forest.
Alix D. Reynis
Tucked down a side street in the Marais district, you’ll find the studio and shop of sculptor Alix D. Reynis. She works in Limoges porcelain and gold vermeil to create crockery, lamps, candles and jewellery decorated with delicate, engraved patterns. She’s also collaborated with illustrator Marin Montagut on pieces inspired by Paris’ gardens; and with printmakers Antoinette Poisson, whose stationery you can also find in-store.
Centre Commercial started out with Veja, an organic, fair trade, French footwear brand. The founders then went on to create this store in the 10th arrondissement, which sells clothes from brands that, like Veja, believe in transparency when it comes to their making methods. Expect classic-meets-contemporary pieces from brands like Officine Générale, who make all their ethical clothes in Europe, and British shoemakers Church’s.
À la Mère de Famille
It’s almost impossible to walk past one of À la Mère de Famille’s shops without wanting to go in and buy everything. These confectioners have been around since the 1700s, and now have several stores dotted across the city. If you can, head for their flagship in Monmartre, with its wooden counters, geometric tiled floor and antique ceiling pendants.
Astier de Villatte
You can buy pieces from this ceramics brand all over the world, but if you’re in Paris, it’s certainly worth making a trip to one of their own stores. One on either side of the river, they’re both small spaces filled to the rafters (literally) with all-white ceramics, patterned notebooks and boxes of incense displayed on towering wooden shelves.