A Store Is Born: RA Paris

The Antwerp Six descended on Paris in 1988—and it seems the invasion isn’t over yet. Enter RA Paris, a temporary satellite of RA Antwerp, that city’s vanguard shopping spot. Running through Fashion Week (aka March 3), Anna Kushnerova and Romain Brau have popped up in the Marais (14, rue de la Corderie), creating a tripped-out shopping experience based on the Surrealist salons of the 1920s. In keeping with the absurdist spirit, RA Paris will host a slate of happenings, like Serkan Cura’s feathery couture show that kicked it all off.

Back in Antwerp, RA opened in 2009 as a vehicle to support young designers, and now the quirky shop carries everything from cutting-edge special projects to takeaway lunches. Its Paris location will encompass the same vision, with clothes from the likes of British glam-grungers Meadham Kirchhoff alongside vintage garments by the likes of Chanel, Alaïa and Mugler. Now that’s an invasion the French can get behind. 

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