A story of Paris through its vibrant and eclectic storefront façades

While visitors to Paris are often lured by the striking elegance of the Eiffel Tower, the artisanal beauty of the streets surrounding Montmartré and Sacré Coeur, or are singularly drawn by the popularity of the Louvré and its Mona Lisas, one photographer has tapped into the rich tapestry of eclectic local shops and storefronts hidden down the small cobbled streets and alleyways, often never discovered in the City of Love unless you’re a local.

Artists, designers, craftsmen, restaurateurs, chocolatiers, barbers and music lovers all display their wares with typical French ‘savoir faire’, opening their doors daily to the locals and tourists that might happen to stroll past their doors, and along the way adding a vibrant splash of color to the local streetscape.

German photographer Sebastian Erras, better known for his ‘Parisian floors‘ exhibitions, has taken to the streets of Paris showcasing the rich ornate vintage signage and colorfully decorated façades of an eclectic mix of local shops and their owners.

Luc Fracheboud and his father Patrick at the front door of their historic restaurant
Luc Fracheboud and his father Patrick at the front door of their historic restaurant
Alexandre Boyer, surrounded by pictures and posters from the history of cinema
Alexandre Boyer, surrounded by pictures and posters from the history of cinema
Dave Kouliche, welcoming visitors at his vinyl records shop
Dave Kouliche, welcoming visitors at his vinyl records shop
Nathalie Felber stands in front of the dry cleaner’s created by her great-grandfather
Nathalie Felber stands in front of the dry cleaner’s created by her great-grandfather
Alain, at the door of his barber shop, the most famous in Paris
Alain, at the door of his barber shop, the most famous in Paris
Chef Christophe Duparay in front of his restaurant
Chef Christophe Duparay in front of his restaurant
Boris Lumé, standing proudly at the entrance of his picturesque bakery-confectionery
Boris Lumé, standing proudly at the entrance of his picturesque bakery-confectionery
Bernard Poussin (left) and Diane Junique (right) in front of their two-centuries-old chocolaterie
Bernard Poussin (left) and Diane Junique (right) in front of their two-centuries-old chocolaterie
Vanessa Jacquiot, sales and marketing manager of the boutique hotel that was once paris’s oldest bakery
Vanessa Jacquiot, sales and marketing manager of the boutique hotel that was once paris’s oldest bakery
Maxime Hubert, at the entrance of the reference jazz music shop in paris
Maxime Hubert, at the entrance of the reference jazz music shop in paris
Dorothée Hoffmann never takes off her apron when she is at her ceramics workshop
Dorothée Hoffmann never takes off her apron when she is at her ceramics workshop
Stefan Perrier, in front of what looks like a hat shop, but is in fact a leading art bookshop
Stefan Perrier, in front of what looks like a hat shop, but is in fact a leading art bookshop
Gilles Berthommier and one of his puppets at the door of his workshop
Gilles Berthommier and one of his puppets at the door of his workshop
Julia Charvin at the door of the only color factory for artists in Paris
Julia Charvin at the door of the only color factory for artists in Paris
Norbert proudly displays the collection of shoes he designs
Norbert proudly displays the collection of shoes he designs

Sources: mymodernmet, designboom

 

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