In Paris, the sport of shopping is all about the thrill of the chase—wandering down shady cobblestone streets, poring over gorgeous window displays, striking up a cool rapport with a knowledgeable antiques dealer. There’s a pleasant civility to the whole experience, which explains why people from around the world flock to the city’s chicest arrondissements to browse and buy.
With ‘Rue des Saints-Pères,’ a new shoppable installation currently on display on the ninth floor of the Madison Avenue flagship, Barneys has brought a bit of Paris’ stylish Carré Rive Gauche to New York. This quaint cluster of galleries, shops and antiques dealers is located in a square (carré) on the Left Bank (rive gauche) which straddles the 6th and 7th arrondissements, and it has recently become a destination for shoppers looking to discover museum-quality pieces.
Created in the image of this chic neighborhood, at ‘Rue des Saints-Pères’ at Barneys, you’ll find an assortment of rare pieces of furniture, works of art and a few curious objects. We’ve also carved out a special section for pillows by Jean-François Lesage , sourced in Paris and available exclusively at Barneys New York.
The House of Lesage was founded in the mid-19th century, and served as the official embroiderer for Napoleon III and his court. More recently, couturiers like Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain commissioned work from Lesage. It goes without saying that the craftsmanship is exquisite and the designs unparalleled in their imaginativeness. Jean-Francois Lesage continues the family tradition with aplomb.
You’ll have to come to Chelsea Passage to see them up close—and with such incredible detail, they deserve the trip. We understand a voyage to Paris, on the other hand, can be a little harder to justify. Below, enjoy a few photos of the Jean-François Lesage store in Paris, located, where else but rue des Saints-Pères.
Photo Credits: Rick Barroso (New York) and Nicole Comeau (Paris)