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Posted on 29 September 2015
Posted on 25 September 2015
During Fashion Week, Merci becomes a port in the storm for the pea coat, hoisted high between heavy rigging and thundery skies. Vintage icons, decorated, shielded, embroidered, pea jackets and reefer coats will drop anchor in our wardrobes for a well-seasoned deep blue winter.
A long-haul classic, the pea coat. Merci is a port in the storm for the pea coat, hoisted high between heavy rigging and thundery skies.This sturdiest of coats takes the prize for Slow Fashion. Vintage icons, decorated, shielded, embroidered, pea jackets and reefer coats will drop anchor in our wardrobes for a well-seasoned deep blue winter.
The weather report at Merci says the pea coat will be the ideal refuge from the urban storm, a versatile textile Swiss army knife. Pea coats first set sail aboard the flagships of the Royal Navy then hitched a passage on fishing boats before hitting land to be snapped up by a host of artists taking their lead from Jean Genêt. In civil life, pea coats gained fame when first sported by Captain Haddock before being adopted by Yves Saint Laurent for his 1962 Rive Gauche collection.
Elegant Parisiennes made this icon their own, following in the footsteps of their grandmothers who’d already borrowed it before WW1. Born aboard ship under the broadsides of heavy seas, it is now worn by those who’ve only glimpsed a boat from afar. Essential utilitarian outerwear, universally timeless, pea coats can be buttoned up right over left or vice-versa. This isn’t a reflection of the unisex nature of the garment, but the best guarantee of safety from gales, whatever their direction.The brass buttons are there to shine and be shone, and proclaim all the reasonable fancy a pea coat can express, Blistering Barnacles!
Exposed to the head winds of the season, Merci’s take on the pea coat will dress up in references and cheekiness, and be adorned in induced and assorted vanities. Calling out for dark blue sailor’s jerseys and beanies, vests and spectacles, sleeveless puffas and tote bags for a solidly grounded, totally deep navy wardrobe. The only thing missing is a smartphone case.
Authentic AOC garment in heavy wool, the pea coat, a shining beacon in the night of unsinkable trends, first appeared in the late XVIIIth century. Here it comes again, frisky and customisable at Merci’s “Caban Bar”, where buttons with anchor motifs will be on offer, from the French Navy to the Swedish, and even a few continental fashion brands such as Valentino, as well as ribbons, sew-on badges and hand stitched embroidery. Or, you can make for the paragons of pea coats and reefers, represented by Schott, Fidelity and Gloverall, flying the navy blue flag and guaranteeing an investment for the long haul.
Deep Navy, until October 17th at merci
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Posted on 2 September 2015
To celebrate Slow Life, Merci invites designer Antonio Marras and his collection of Sardinian baskets created by Segno Italiano. Slow Life is an exhibition that invites you to take time out of things, to take full advantage of poetry of life with its lightness, joy and fantasy while enjoying the best of Premium Italian Design.
Posted on 1 September 2015
An invitation from Merci to take time out and enjoy the poetry of everyday objects, with a light, happy touch and a sprinkling of whimsy. Let’s decide to see the better side of life with things we love, things that make our life easier.This fall, Keep Cool, life’s beautiful. Merci steps back and takes a good look around. Even though life’s not always easy, it’s up to us to take it with a pinch of humor and a light touch.
Posted on 23 June 2015
merci loves to give meaning to things and to explain its practical use and uniqueness. This quirky « je ne sais quoi » makes everyday items exceptional.
"Switching from a kilo of grandpa-style wool to the men’s thong, men’s swimwear has lived through the many horrors of the 19th century"...