La Boutique by Les Bains, Paris

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La Boutique by Les Bains, Paris

Take home a souvenir worth the space in your baggage from the ultimate hotel gift shop...

The amazing renovation job at bohemian bathhouse turned infamous nightclub turned ultra-swanky hotel Les Bains means even the briefest of visits to the Paris venue is sure to be a memorable one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking a souvenir home all the same.

La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris

Les Bains’ gift shop is a high class place in keeping with the hotel across the road, and a contemptuous “non” has been issued to the usual tourist tat. There is not a single Eiffel Tower statuette to be found at Les Bains’ La Boutique on rue du Bourg l’Abbé, no Moulin Rouge postcards, and the t-shirts that have been selected by the store curators — film director Jean-Pierre Marois and Thomas Erber of the Cabinet of Curiosities — are a cut and a half above the usual “I ♥ Paris” efforts.

Instead, the apparel here sports the face of Les Bains emblem and good-time god Bacchus, designed by brand mastermind Alexander Kellas, and as well as clothing there’s jewellery, electronics, homeware, coffee and art among an eclectic selection. The store-meets-gallery is the work of Diplomates, whose work we admire at London’s Dover Street Market; the studio designed the Les Bains boutique as a 1:1 scale model to thoroughly test out the space before installing it.

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La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris
La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris
La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris
La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris
La Boutique at Les Bains, Paris

Photography, Guillaume Grasset

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