Where Cozy (and Charitable) Meet Chic:
Housed in a sunny loft in the ultra-trendy Oberkampf neighborhood, Merci is one of the few concept stores in Paris to cultivate a cozy atmosphere-- couches, reading areas and a tearoom attest to it. But Merci, which has only been around for a couple of years, manages to keep avant-garde stripes. From classics like Yves Saint Laurent to creations from young local designers, the store offers a selection that will sate both the religiously fashionable and the occasional dabbler. It's also all in a good cause: profits made by the store are donated to organizations fighting poverty among children, particularly in Madagascar.
Location and Contact Information:
Main Departments at Merci:
Men's and Women's Fashion: Merci has a large selection of men and women's fashion, and the collection mixes new and vintage threads. Some of the pieces have been created especially for Merci by young, promising designers. You'll also find classics from designers like YSL and Stella McCartney.
Home Furnishings, Jewelry and Fragrance: On the ground floor, hand-made home furnishings and trinkets dominate. There's also a selection of hand-crafted designer jewelry and an Annick Goutal fragrance shop-in-shop.
Florist: On the second floor, a florist offers a selection of seasonal blooms.
The Tearoom and Library:
One of the more alluring attributes of this concept shop is their cozy tearoom and reading area. A large back room furnished with tables and couches can be very inviting after shopping, and loungers can borrow from a large selection of books while they nurse their coffee or nibble on savory or sweet tartines.