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Antoine et Lili: Brightening up citylife one collection at a time

Antoine et Lili: Brightening up citylife one collection at a time Once upon a time, in Paris, France, there were three colorful stores lined up along the Canal St Martin. Every morning, oblivious of la grisaille, (the grey skies) the three stores cheered up busy city dwellers. “Regardez-nous! Regardez-nous,” they enticed. Look at us, Look at us! And among the hurried commuters on their way to the office,…

16 Responses to Antoine et Lili: Brightening up citylife one collection at a time

  1. I adore your fashion posts and before I got to the plum comment-I thought to myself …”hum v is in a purple kind of mood…” I think I would definitely shop there maybe a few key pieces-a dress or coat and accessories – the colored stores are so happy-bright … Montmartre seems to give birth to a lot of nice stores do you know sept cinq -they ship to me and the store is owned by two friends who opened up last November- they did the renovations and decorating–all goods are made in france-they are great girls– a true pleasure to deal with and I subscribe to a letter service called LETTRES D’UN INNCONNU -I receive 2 letters a month from a stranger to a stranger(me)-The founder and owner lives and has her studio in Montmartre-another wonderfully kind and innovative business woman-and now I learn Antoine and lili was given birth to in the same neighborhood…as always a GREAT FUN post…HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK-

    • Bonjour g. I do not know that store in Montmartre. Is there a website I could visit to get a better idea? That letter service sounds mysterious too… “Lettres d’un Inconnu…” — So you basically get letters written in French ? Do you get to reply in French also?

    • v- yes the letters are in French or English. I chose French-7.95euro per month or 81.95 euro for 1 year- you can respond and are encouraged to do so. i do not respond, as I lack confidence in my French. Fanny the owner/innovator wanted to bring back the lost art of letter writing. I think I may have been their first non French customer-we have exchanged cards/letters and emails. I ADMIRE HER SO-I actually discovered the service-through MY LITTLE PARIS-there is a blog, website, facebook twitter – I have been touched by the stories- the personal tales and sharing-I really do look forward to them. SEPT CINQ has a facebook page and an e boutique coming hopefully by year’s end- ines de la fressange featured the store in her Ines Little Diary videos-via Roger Vivier-I contacted them voila a “relationship” was born-Lorna and Audrey all goods as I have said are made in France-by artists/designers-and the prices are fair!

    • How sad for our generation that we need entrepreneurs to keep us writing letters, but I see the point of Fanny’s business. I wish you would attempt short replies in French. Maybe on a postcard?

      I am familiar with My Little Paris and receive their email newsletter on a regular basis. They always come up with the most interesting ideas of things to do in Paris.

      Sept Cinq sounds like a winner. If the great Inès featured them in one of her video clips, and you recommend them too, that is good enough for me. I will look into it. Funny, I was thinking about writing a story about the Little Diary videos, but there are so many good ones, it is hard to choose.

      Take care, g, from Philadelphia!

  2. I just love visiting Paris to go shopping! I’m going for part of my honeymoon next year and definitely want to stop at one of these stores. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh I love this part of Paris, and love this shop! I agree, it’s the Canal St. Martin location that’s the best. The way the colors of the facade reflect on the canal – it’s magic! And Chez Prune… a favorite spot to visit, too. Thanks for taking me there.
    Hope you are staying dry on this stormy Seattle night, Veronique! XO

    • Bonjour Jeanne. Isn’t that photo of the buildings reflecting in the Canal just glorious? Wish I had taken it… I can tell you have enjoyed “Boboland,” during a previous Parisian visit. This used to be a pretty grim neighborhood twenty or thirty years ago. Sometimes, gentrification is a good thing…

  4. Oui, I have shopped there! Tonight, I would buy one of the little black silk dresses.
    Fun post, Veronique! Terrific new header and very clever. All the best ~ Sarah

  5. We enjoyed a wander around the Canal St Martin district in June. It was a glorious, hot summer’s day and there were groups of people having a picnic on the side of the canal – a wonderful, relaxed bohemian atmosphere. What a pity I missed this cute store! The second image with the bright façades and colours reflecting in the water is stunning.

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