PARIS — When Robert Acouri opened his Paris design idea retailer La Manufacture in November 2019, he couldn’t have predicted that the French capital’s retail sector was about to enter the hardest interval in its historical past.
First got here the violent protests marking the one-year anniversary of the anti-government Gilets Jaunes motion, then a 50-day transport strike, and eventually, final March, a full lockdown designed to curb the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Sadly, this zone is very depending on vacationers, so we’re struggling rather a lot,” the businessman stated. “Fortunately, we’ve got one other enterprise, which is workplace furnishings, that’s permitting is to outlive for now.”
Regardless of its aborted takeoff, the boutique stays open and is one thing of a gem hidden in plain sight: tucked away on Rue Edouard VII, a pedestrian road within the coronary heart of the enterprise and theater district between Place de la Madeleine and the Paris Opera, it’s inside straightforward strolling distance of main malls and Place Vendôme.
Conceived by the model’s artwork director Luca Nichetto, the two,700-square-foot area is a cross between a showroom and a dwelling area, with a bar the place retailer director François Castiglione presents a choice