Add:Rm 213, Bldg 2, 570 Yongjia Rd
The first thing that hits you when you set foot in this homeware and gift store is the scent of European chic. They have been open in Surpass Court for two months and stock a wide range of quaint bits and bobs: ceramics, stationery, books, stamps, glassware and kitchenware, both Chinese-made and imported from France, Japan and the US. “I love Paris in the springtime” croons the French singer over the sound system — very fitting for the former French Concession. Their tagline is “delight in little things” and prices range from the little to the not-so-little: 1 yuan for a labelling sticker to 11,500 yuan for a large kitchen cabinet. Both faux and genuine vintage abound — much of the furniture is custom-made in China and then given a “distressed” treatment to make it look as though it’s recently been moved out of an old French farmhouse. You can customize your own wrapping materials from a selection of typically understated papers and if you spend more than 200 yuan the wrapping is free.