A common thread embroiders the letters of Merci just as much as it weaves its history. The thinking that drives its teams today is the same as that which presided over its creation. Marie-France and Bernard Cohen wanted to create an extraordinary, living place that would offer something more than just another store.
This « extra »something would bring together fashion and homeware..
... along with restaurants, in which they would share their sensibilities, their perspective and their questions about the world. This « extra » something would also be a different approach to trade. A generous and sensitive approach. Thus, a new way of way of doing business emerged, a way that combined pleasure with responsibility. A way that, from the outset, integrated the principle of an endowment fund to contribute to the development of south-west Madagascar.
The approach also involved engaging with artisans, suppliers, farmers and creators and never giving in to the cult of the ‘numbered’ piece or the latest fashion. In March 2009, after a year of planning, aided by talented friends who had been involved in the adventure since the beginning, Merci was born in the Haut Marais district of Paris, its name chosen as a thank-you to its customers and contributors.