The new shopfront at 266, boulevard Saint-Germain.

Young at heart

The new shopfront at 266, boulevard Saint-Germain.

The new shopfront at 266, boulevard Saint-Germain.

The new shopfront at 266, boulevard Saint-Germain.

Tulle dress embroidered with cut-out flowers.

Tulle dress embroidered with cut-out flowers.

Swan-print tunic and sleeveless jacket in fake fur.

Swan-print tunic and sleeveless jacket in fake fur.

Leather shoes with sequins and fake fur.

Leather shoes with sequins and fake fur.

Cabinet with soft toys, cushions and small dishes.

Cabinet with soft toys, cushions and small dishes.

Babies in black patent leather.

Babies in black patent leather.

Young at heart The kids’ clothing store Tartine et Chocolat has been transformed by designer Dorothée Meilichzon, but has lost none of its charm.

The Left Bank: the Peter Pan collars, blazers and pleated skirts from the winter collection are wrapped in a cool, timeless cocoon. Dorothée Meilichzon, who has a penchant for dramatic effect, opted for unadorned, noble materials for both the exterior (complete with vegetal wall) and interior of the Tartine et Chocolat shop, with oak flooring, terra-cotta zellige and walnut furniture with drawers inspired by workshop furniture. In this gentle refuge, a warm, intimate space where any intrusions from the streets are muted by wooden slats, the label’s signature neo-classic garmentssome created exclusively for the shopare displayed on brass clothes hangers. Léon the hedgehog, Tartine et Chocolat’s mascot, serves as a playful guide, wandering around the mosaic floor, peering out from a huge fresco or resting his paws on the stairs leading down to the private salon where expectant mothers are receivedthe ones who wore the first dresses ever produced by Tartine et Chocolat, nearly 40 years ago. The brand’s iconic “Garda” stripes find their way onto the store awning and marquetry furniture. Stuffed animals are on display beneath bell jars, and there is a cabinet filled with small treasures: wool and Lurex masks created by Perrine Coudevyllehey, there’s Léon!ceramic pieces, gourmet cookies and crocheted rattles. Childhood is discreetly ever present, and when anyone leaves, they discover a piece of candy that was slipped into their pocketfor memory’s sake.

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