In the last couple of years, concept stores have been booming in Paris. They are always more original and attract onlookers in search of good addresses in the hidden streets of the capital. Lodgis, thus, decided to take an interest in it and make a list of the “must-see” concept-stores in the city streets. If you want to know the good addresses, this selection of best Parisian concept-stores if just what you need!
1. Colette: the innovative
Ranked among the first concept-stores created in Paris, Colette made its mark on history since 20 years ago. This concept-store doesn’t stop to reinvent and innovate trends by following its traditional key words: “style design art food”.
The basement is dedicated to the one and only Water Bar of Paris where one can have lunch and above all, sip any of the 85 mineral water on the menu.
The ground floor combines the “chic” space with limited edition pieces such as T-shirts, sneakers, watches, accessories or even books and hi-tech products. Impossible to miss the inspired and inspiring shop window which changes every week. This is also where one finds the “lucky dips”.
Finally, the first floor offers a whole selection of jewelry and women ready-to-wear range with an artistic gallery as a backdrop where beauty expresses itself under its many forms.
Colette’s official website
Address: 213 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris.
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2. Leclaireur: the anti-conformist
This Parisian concept-store is always a step ahead. Its founder, Armand Habida, said that he never goes to fashion shows and doesn’t follow the trends, could this be the secret of his avant-gardism? Some will tell you that his items are surprising and that you have to be audacious to wear them, on the other side, some others will affirm that this is a selection made by a real passionate and that each product of this concept-store has a soul. Even more! Each one of Armand Habida’s stores is worth the trip because of their creative and beautiful layouts. Leclaireur doesn’t dictate any lifestyle, it encourages people to be free-spirited and open-minded. Whether you are a fashion and design fan or simply desiring to stretch your limits, the concept-store Leclaireur is a name you should bear in mind.
Leclaireur’s official website
Address: Several addresses in Paris
3. Empreintes: the artsy
More than 1000 creative items in limited or unique edition, ornate the shelves of this concept-store dedicated to artistic profession.
Several areas unveil the diverse universe of precious and everyday life objects and gathers collectors and enthusiasts at the cafe, library and the projection room of this 600sqm sunbathed concept-store.
Empreintes’ official website
Address: 5 rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris.
4. Merci: the altruist
This concept-store represents a real living place where literary cafe, flower shop, fashion and accessories mix up in an exceptional 1500sqm setting.
According to the founder, Marie-France Cohen, the goal is to create a welcoming and warm place where to combine the pleasant and the useful. This concept-store shines through its authenticity and represents a yesteryear mirror.
Moreover, the profits of this concept-store which expresses its gratitude to life, are given to associations helping women and children in Madagascar which is a country the founder is extremely attached to.
Merci’s official website
Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris.
5. Blou: the colorful
Flamboyant clothing and artistic decorations? You can find it at Blou, the concept-store or more so the 3 concept-stores of the 17th arrondissement.
Created by 2 design lovers, the shop is arranged as an apartment that has everything to delight the visitors. Its layout constantly changes, following the rhythm of new discoveries, to ensure that each one enjoys a unique experience while visiting. Even if Blou doesn’t stop reinventing itself, an essential element remains no matter what: its flamboyant personality.
Blou’s official website
Address: Several addresses in the 17th arrondissement of Paris