Merci is one of the most popular concept stores in Paris and is currently headed up by artistic director and designer, Daniel Rozensztroch. The store was originally the brainchild of Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, the founders of a children’s fashion label who felt that the city lacked a venue which would collate together the best of fashion, design and household goods, with additional areas for refreshment. Set up in 2009, Merci is also designed as a space to meet and discuss, boasting a canteen, two cafes and a used book store. It has since acted as a launch-pad or developer for a number of young designers, allowing them to showcase their talents to the world. One aspect that really sets Merci apart from other stores is that, while it is still a commercial enterprise, the founders set up an endowment whereby the proceeds of their investment help to pay for educational projects in Madagascar.