alluring in so many ways, it isn't surprising that paris also remains far ahead of most cities when it comes to shopping matters. next to an abundance of glittering flagship stores on both sides of the river seine, the city features an ever-evolving landscape of independent and niche boutiques that each cater to a savvy demographic of shoppers from home and abroad. canal st.-martin, a neighbourhood known for its laid-back and almost small town vibe, has exerted great appeal to creatives and the latter category of retailers alike. french-swedish designer alexandre chapellier also fell under its spell, and after taking up residence in the area five years ago, he decided to set up shop here as well for his luxury men's accessories label cinabre. founded in 2011, chapellier has become a master creator of necessities for today's discerning urban dandy, ranging from bowties, neckties and boutonnières, to scarves, gloves, belts, small leather goods and even hats.
after his items had been stocked by a considerable number of leading stores across the planet, the very first cinabre boutique has now opened its doors, and the quirky interior, designed in collab with paris-based architect anna englesson, pairs a clean modern shell – we're talking polished concrete flooring with immaculate whitewashed walls and hipster lighting – with carefully sourced vintage furnishings, most notably the chunky dresser with multiple drawers, which literally takes center stage. the duo also collaborated with artist thomas fontaine who custom-made the gorilla wallpaper that adorns a side wall and adds a whimsical note to the boudoir-like premises. a cosy seating area allows the most discerning of shoppers to sit back, relax and discuss their made-to-order purchases, made in a separate workshop section, in comfort and style. location: 20 rue d'hauteville [canal st.-martin].