ESM: A Year In Retail – La Grande Épicerie de Paris, Issue 3 2018
In the run up to Christmas 2018, ESM is proud to present a recap of some of our biggest articles of the year, exclusively for Premium website subscribers. Back in the spring, we paid a visit to the new-look La Grande Épicerie de Paris, the second luxury food hall opened by LVMH in the French capital. This article first appeared in ESM Issue 3 2018.
As modernist author Mary Butts once remarked of Paris, “The Right Bank of the Seine belongs to the world, and the Left Bank to France.” Throughout the French capital’s history, there has emerged an invisible demarcation line between the wealthy ‘Rive Droite’ and the more bohemian ‘Rive Gauche’, once home to artists such as Rimbaud, Matisse, Picasso and Hemingway, who relished in its creative nuances.
Thus, when La Grande Épicerie – the food lovers’ paradise, located a stone’s throw from the Palais du Luxembourg – was to open a second outlet, on the other side of the Seine, in the 16th arrondissement – ça alors! – it, understandably, garnered plenty of attention, and not all of it positive.
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