Merci Beaucoup


A small version of Paris retail favorite, Merci, has come to New York in the form of a pop-up collaboration with Gap. Located on Fifth Avenue, the Merci+Gap store has all the best components of the eclectic flagship in Paris. Known for homewares and clothes from emerging designers, Merci gives all their profits to children’s charities. One of the co-owners, Marie-France Cohen (pictured, left) said “My idea was to have something very fashionable, very trendy, very new. If you make success, you make money. And the money — we won’t take one cent of it.”

Among the imports to the New York pop-up, appointed with a chic gray color scheme and a mural by Clement Goutal, are candles from Annick Goutal ($39), tableware made of sugar pulp by Japanese brand Wasara ($15 to $21), and pewter-rimmed porcelain plates by Cosi Tabellini ($65 to $85). Limited edition Gap tie-ins include T-shirts and splatter-painted jeans by French artist Laurence Amélie ($149) and trench coats designed by French illustrator Soledad ($295).

Open through mid-October, the store is located at 680 Fifth Avenue (at 54th Street) in Manhattan.

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