love: merci

Merci is a fabulously hip boutique in Paris, 111 Rue Beaumarchais in the northern Marais. It’s vast and sort of ridiculous, but in a charming beyond-parody sort of French way. Behind a narrow little cafe that’s also a used bookstore, past the lunching models and the Japanese hipsters, it opens out into a courtyard dotted with sculptures like a ping-pong table made of Chinese waving-cat statues and a stocky red vintage farm truck. It stocks a men’s clothing line designed by John Malkovich, all kinds of fabulously expensive drapey t-shirts made of tissue-thin cotton, and has a whole lower level of kitchenwares, from enamel cups and wooden chalkboards to MoMA-design-store gadgetry.

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And for three euros you can get an adorable little brass necklace in a paper pouch, with a little list-poem of what you might put in it.

THIS BAG MAY CONTAIN your candle
your bracelet your medal
your lipstick YOUR BRASSIERE
your comb your desires
your necklace your books your barrettes
YOUR HEART your ring
your sun
glasses your eyeliner
YOUR ATTENTION your scarf
YOUR IDEAS your atomizer
your earrings
your eyeshadow
YOUR HELP
your perfume
your night cream
your confidence your brush
your ballet shoes your eau de toilette
your cravat your mascara
YOUR HOPES
your swimsuit your hazelnut
YOUR LOVE your hat
your conscience your toothbrush
your stockings your quill pen your gift
your friendship…MERCI

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One response to “love: merci

  1. Hi Joanna,

    Happy 4th!

    This is wonderful, whimsical and a we bit of treacle for the mind. Also, it indicates how well your were able to delve into the world that is Paris. Thank you, food this, and those to come.

    Hugs from us to you and Tony.

    Bud and Eva

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