Molly from French Face and I have been working on a special bouquinistes collaboration and it’s now live! After reading my Weekend Links article about how much the bouquinistes are struggling without tourists in Paris Molly reached out to see if we could do something to support them. It was an absolute no-brainer!
History of the Bouquinistes in Paris
The bouquinistes (book sellers) have been setting up along the Seine since the 16th century. They sell everything from books to photographs, watercolors, old magazines and advertisements, souvenir trinkets and more. Today, there are 227 book sellers. They’re located from the Quai du Louvre to Pont Marie on the Right Bank and from Quai Voltaire to Quai de la Tournelle on the Left Bank.
The article I linked to in Weekend Links highlights the devastating impact of the lack of tourism in Paris on the bouqinistes. Many of these booksellers already had modest incomes. Right now a majority of the bouquinistes aren’t even open, so we wanted to support the ones who are.
Bouquinistes Collaboration with French Face
Molly and I talked and decided to start with a small collection of items from a few bouquinistes. We wanted to pick special, unique, one-of-a-kind objects that would really bring a bit of Paris to you. I had so much fun choosing the items. I can’t tell you how appreciative and sweet each bouquiniste was for the support. I’m going to walk you through the items from our first group – I hope you love them!
I fell in love with these original watercolors by Nikolla Dhales. He does a great job capturing the different light and seasons in Paris. I think this 12×8 inch format is perfect, but there are also smaller and larger formats available. You can find him on the Left Bank right by Pont Neuf next time you’re in Paris!
The cover of Paris: Peintres et Écrivans illustrated by Raoul Duffy immediately caught my eye. The book contains stories by famous French writers including Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Émile Zola, Colette and many more. It also has paintings from artists like Degas, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and more. It’s the perfect book for anyone who loves Paris!
Serge Belloni: Le Peintre de Paris is filled with paintings by Serge Belloni from his retrospective at the Palais Galliera museum in 1973. There are so many great Paris scenes, but I especially love his paintings from Paris in the winter. A must-have coffee table book!
Original Silver Print Photographs
I’m partial to these original silver print photographs not only because I think they’re beautiful, but also they’re from my favorite bouquiniste in Paris, Jeff. Jeff is so friendly and kind and works every day – no matter if it’s the coldest day of the year or the hottest day of the year. He has a great selection of original photographs and also specializes in antique journals, magazines, and illustrations. You can find Jeff just across from Le Voltaire on Quai Voltaire (the inside of his box is turquoise so you can’t miss him)!
I hope you enjoy the bouquiniste collaboration with French Face. I’m so happy to be able to support them right now and also to be able to bring a little bit of Paris to you! You can shop the collaboration here.