The lyrics of a well known song start off this way
There’s a lady who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven …
Of course, we know that you cannot actually buy your way to heaven. And while we are at it, just what happens in heaven anyway that makes it such an eternal “peak experience”? In “Man and Superman“, good old Bernie Shaw had the temerity to lampoon the experience as an eternal tea party — boring!
What’s more, here on earth, you can have a lot of fun meandering through shops looking for things that you like. The august Sir Kenneth Clark commented that a certain amount of “superfluity” is necessary for civilization to flourish (as it did in Amsterdam in its golden era). It enables more transactions, which in turn, enable more high level craftsmanship. And of course, more fun. for everyone Put more directly, shopping starts off a virtuous circle! So, as Bertie Wooster might proclaim to Jeeves “What we need, Jeeves, is more shopping!”
Thus, while one may not take shopping so, so seriously, it can not be dismissed as a mere symptom of an overly materialistic mentality. Not at all! It gives one a chance to see life more broadly. To escape the dull confines of hand me down lamps and “level up”, so to speak. After all, the great crafts are as much symbols as they are functional objects.
And then there is the Paris shopping experience.
HIP Paris offers their picks for places you can find yourself and then nip off for an espresso. Yes, at least some are in the Marias.
This is “Maison Omani”.
Maison Omani features homewares and decoration from Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, India, Nigeria, Syria, France, and more. I was surprised by how reasonably priced their products are. They have lovely big bath towels with embroidered edges that are 100% cotton and made in Turkey for 28€ each, and handmade in France porcelain matching espresso cups and saucers for 20€ each.