Following last year’s spotlight on Japan, Le Bon Marché’s annual autumn cultural theme features Brooklyn and its “Makers”. The Makers are a new generation of designer-entrepreneurs who have redefined the entire New York scene over the last decade. Now their inventive energy is being exported to the Left Bank department store for an exhibition in their honor.
Ardent promoters of the “Do-It-Yourself” philosophy, The Makers have little by little been reinventing New York chic. They embrace an art of living that promotes a circular economy, local work and controlled production. Over a hundred Brooklyn Makers, including fashion designers, ceramicists, chefs, florists, chocolate makers, carpenters and upholsterers, will be at Le Bon Marché from September 3 – October 17. The selection of products, for the most part on exclusive display for the first time in France, includes recycled bags by Brooklyn Industries, vintage-inspired menswear by Knickerbocker, and hand-made colored knit hats and sweatshirts by All Knitwear.
In addition to displaying the Makers’ wares, Le Bon Marché has prepared an eclectic and original program for the month of September, inspired by the constant stream of events taking place around the city. Celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell is opening a pop-up tattoo studio in the heart of the department store. The Brooklyn Amusement Park, a monumental installation inspired by Coney Island, has been built on the upper level. Foodies can explore the Brooklyn Rive Gauche delicatessen at the Grande Epicerie, where they can buy crispy kale by New York Naturals, jarred pickles by Brooklyn Brine and honey infused with chilies from Mike’s Hot Honey.