On a recent trip to France, I had two days to get reacquainted with Paris when Landline came to me at the top of a stylist friend’s tip sheet.”Like Maison Empereur in Marseilles but smaller,” she wrote. The comparison got my attention: Maison Empereur is France’s Oldest and Most Esteemed Hardware Store and Much More.
Located in a former pharmacy in the 11th arrondissement, the emporium is the brainchild of Caroline Morrison. An escapee from the high fashion world, Morrison previously worked as Marc Jacobs’s European sales manager and international sales director for Carolina Herrera NY. She also grew up in San Francisco with a French mother and half-French father, attended a bilingual school in the Bay Area, and graduated with a degree in international relations from Tufts before settling in Paris.
Now married to a writer and a mother of two, Morrison says Landline came from a desire to focus on “consuming better and less.” She stocks her general supply store with everything from kitchenwares and carpet beaters to wardrobe staples, all made of natural materials (no synthetics or plastic) and cherry-picked from French and European workshops. Come browse.
Photographs courtesy of Landline.