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  • Inside... Temple

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    Inside... Temple

    In the Marais district of Paris, at 23 Rue du Temple, stands the Leon & Harper shop. We can already recognise the brand's characteristic black-framed window even at a distance; and just moments later, upon entering the door, with our feet stepping across a flecked carpet, perfumed notes of amber fill our senses and our eyes settle on a daffodil-yellow wall – the emblematic Leon & Harper experience, as found in all our shops.

    The rails inside are filled with sunshine yellow blouses, floral-printed garments and T-shirts featuring motivating slogans – the perfect bright, summery collection for when the sun's ardent rays make their appearance.

    In the shop we find Sarah, the manager of this local boutique. We'll introduce her to you via a quick series of questions.


    What's your favourite piece in the collection? The Ralph dress [available in-store only, Ed.]; I adore it, in both its beige and sky blue versions. In fact I'm really stuck for choice: I simply can't decide between the two. I imagine myself wearing it to a marriage on a beach in Cuba in the company of Javier Bardem (laughs).

    Your dream travel destination? Cuba. I've always wanted to go there. It's the old cars and old houses I'm attracted by. But best see it quick before it all changes too much!


    Your favourite place in the local area? The Stolly'stone bar. It's a small local pub where they play music from the 50s and 60s. I love it.

    Your favourite French film? Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou and Christophe Honoré's Les Chansons d'amour. I adore the zany, madcap side of these films.


    Which work of art would go well in your living room? A Hokusai print, such as the best-known one with the wave, or the one in which you see the women, from behind, at the river. I already have a few of these, though it would be great to have an original Hokusai.


    Anything you'd love to pick up as a second-hand bargain? A lovely vinyl record player, such as an Auna Belle Epoque, to be exact.

    Any designer piece you'd really love to own? That would be a big white chair known as the 'Ball Chair'. It appeared for the first time in Mars Attacks!. It's very beautiful, though it's also very imposing. I'm not really sure I'd be able to get it in my apartment.


    A song that gets you dancing? I don't really like to admit it (laughs), because it's something of a guilty pleasure, but it's Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads.



    Thanks for answering our questions Sarah!


    Pay her a visit at the shop. She'll offer you a wonderful welcome and make you feel completely at home.

    Temple Shop: 23 rue du Temple 75004 Paris. Open Tuesday to Sunday