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FASHION FRIENDS: Anaïs Lafarge, Guillaume Steinmetz and Romain Joste, three of the founders of the online magazine De Jeunes Gens Modernes, have just stepped into the real world of retail. Located in the Upper Marais, The Broken Arm takes its name from Marcel Duchamp, explained Steinmetz, who summed up the store’s philosophy as “a shop in the provinces, in the noblest sense,” meaning a place that invites visitors to linger, as if in a friend’s home.
The boutique is anchored by a savvy mix of women’s and men’s fashions, with relative newcomers Cédric Charlier, Carven and Jacquemus keeping company with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marni, Raf Simons, Kenzo and the Nike X Undercover collaboration.
Accessories include leather goods by Isaac Reina and jewelry by Aurélie Biederman. Downstairs, there’s a selection of CDs and books both old and new — all single copies — that rotates, depending on the owners’ moods and finds.
On the ground floor, a bright corner coffee shop sells salads, soups and sandwiches at lunchtime. Homemade desserts are by the popular Rachel’s Cakes. Other flourishes include house fragrances by model-turned-perfumer Barnabe Fillion (not yet for sale), and soon to come are bouquets by the sought-after Belgian florist Thierry Boutemy.
The Broken Arm
12 Rue Perée, 75003
Open Monday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Café open Monday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
— Tina Isaac
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