On a stroll around our temporary neighborhood in the Haut Marais, we came upon a gorgeous store named Empreintes (5 rue de Picardie). This light-flooded concept store is filled with the work of hundreds of different artisans: potters, jewelers, wood-turners, fibre artists, glass blowers and so on. A card by each artist’s display explained a little bit about their work as well as a map showing where they live in France. Prices ranged from about 20€ to 10,000 €, so there is something gorgeous for every taste and budget.
In addition, there is an appropriately hipster café on the second floor, run by Season, the very popular café a few streets away (1 rue Charles-François Dupuy).
Une empreinte (oon ahm-prent) can be variously translated as a finger print, mark, or imprint. It can be literal, such as the mark left by an animal in the woods, or figurative, such as the impact a special person makes on your life. Empreintes certainly made an impact on me. I can’t wait to go back there and snag something special or just hang out with a coffee and feel French and artsy.