I love shops in a bonkers allsorts fashion. By that I mean I am as happy to wander around furniture or haberdashery emporiums as I am to gaze at the latest fashions in a boutique or department store. This love of shops doesn’t equate to a love of spending (though naturally I do from time to time).
To me a shop is good, nay maybe even great, if it has most of the following: a pleasant ambiance; management and staff who have a passion for good customer service; enthralling displays that are not overtly commercial; and of course interesting and beautiful stock. So few shops tick all those boxes. I suppose the acid test (for me) of a great shop is that it is somewhere I return to time after time even if I have no need to buy anything there but simply because I find it a thing of beauty in itself.
One such shop is the Bonpoint concept store housed in a 17th century townhouse on Paris’s Rue de Touron (as far as I am aware it’s a few shades different from their other smaller branches). What always draws me into the store are the ethereally pretty window displays. Inside the architecturally pleasing building you wander through a series of room and the many magical displays hit exactly the right aesthetic note as backdrops to the exquisite stock (children’s clothes). I popped into the store when I was in Paris a few weeks ago and found teams of busy creative bees beavering away putting the finishing touches to the Christmas displays. I took a few images of the displays that were completed and decided that I would kill two birds with the one stone and return another day to take more photos and to try the basement Salon du Thé.
Sadly I lost my camera when I was making my way back there (story here) so I didn’t get to take any more pictures other than blurry I phone shots which really don’t do justice to the display teams talents. I did however have an excellent lunch in the Salon du Thé which is downstairs in a pretty vaulted basement.
Of all the photos I have taken since I started blogging the image of a doll on a swing (part of one of the displays) at the top of this post is my all time favourite. I don’t claim that it’s a good photo but to me it has a feel good factor; I cannot help but smile and feel happy when I look at it. Retail therapy at it’s best methinks.
Note: the shop is open from Monday to Saturday but the Salon du Thé is closed on Mondays.