This shop is probably my favorite in the Montparnasse area. Its Italian name is actually chosen by an English couple that decided to open this shop when they saw that the ground floor of their building was being let. They seized the opportunity to launch a personal project: to sell objects that tell stories.
These objects are often found during the owners’ voyages around the world, that result in a large variety of styles and stories. Take for example the bracelets with a coin stamped out of land-mines, found in Laos. Buying one of them will contribute to take away more of these land-mines. But all objects they sell are just pretty, regardless of the story. I for example bought a DIY artwork that, by putting the pieces together like a puzzle, becomes a stylish wooden flower to put on your wall – an idea by an Italian artist.
Other stories are hidden behind jewelry, decorative objects and toys. All are selected for their craftsmanship and good working conditions. Which makes me feel less guilty buying pretty but not necessarily useful decorations – at least I am helping some kind of manufacturer, somewhere in the world.