Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Antoine & Lili in Le Marais


Weird encounter with a mannequin today! I found "her" at rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the Marais, just outside a pretty "in" women clothes brand store called "Antoine & Lili". I checked everywhere and I was totally unable to find out who hides behind this brand (they have 15 outlets in France and 6 in Paris, including a large one by the Quai de Valmy in the 10the arrondissement). All the stores are painted with a super bright color. Clever. And, by the way, they also have a  stunning website.

26 comments:

  1. Delightful Spring color. Whimsical. I love the website. Very entertaining and feminine. I note that the collections are given mostly arabic names. Perhaps this is a clue to the ownership.

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  2. Ha ha, Suzy!

    I like this shot, Eric.

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  3. Eric, you have a real gift for finding interesting mannequins. Love the website—I'd like to go in there and shop for my daughters.

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  4. Great photo and fantastic website. I saw this shop when I was in Paris, but did not have time to stop. Now I wish that I had made the time :(

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  5. Great photo! A few summers ago I remember seeing the same shade of pink bicycles all over Paris...I wonder if it was advertising for this shop.

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  6. Dear Eric

    My name is Rahul and am from India
    I am regular follower of your fantastic blog.

    I could'nt help but post a comment today especially after the mention of Antoine et Liii.
    We acctually do supply stuff to them and its a fantastic brand.
    We know who are behind " Antoine et Lili " .Of course their collections have Indian and Arabic names but the people behind are definitely French!!

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  7. Great website, great story !

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  8. Wow, that really pops! Very cool photo, Eric. It would make a superb cover if anyone publishes a book on the Lost and Misguided Mannequins of Paris.

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  9. @Rahul. Fantastic!
    That's what I love about this PDP (and City Daily Photo in general) adventure. It's that it got me in touch with a lot of people from all over the world, and sometimes the most unexpected way.

    How on earth could I have been in touch with one of the providers (I suppose they have several ones) of Antoine & Lili?!

    (BTW Pretty soon, from a more personal project I'm going to be looking for a provider in the framing business, so if you happen to know someone around you...)

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  10. Dear Eric
    I visited Paris in Feb 2008 and fell in love with the city!!
    and Your blog remids me of the lovely time i spent there!!!
    thanks!!
    @ RAHUL

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  11. Rahul!!

    I found your information as eyepopping as Eric did!!!

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  12. You loce mannequins, don't you! How many since you started the blog? At least once a month..!

    That's funny because you already showed their shop few months ago, the one by the canal. It's definitely eye-catching.

    Rahul, that's cool! so now, let us know, who are Antoine and Lili?!

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  13. Isn't it funny how small the world really is? Great shot, Eric! I love that color. :)

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  14. Here's the secret information: Antoine and Lili are, truly, mannequins! They were used in a special display at an industrial program at a nuclear reactor site. After a few days, they came alive! They have been creating amazing products ever since. After all, who has more experience wearing clothes than a mannequin?

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  15. What I want to know is what is more interesting then a magenta colored headless manequin that would draw the attention of all those people in the background of the shot?


    Sean

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