The fine craft concept-store

The fine craft concept-store presents over 1,000 fine craft creations, all handmade in unique pieces or in limited editions by the craftsmen in their workshops. EMPREINTES is also a book store and a screening room dedicated to fine craft.

Located rue de Picardie, the street connecting the effervescent rue de Bretagne to the shopping alleys surrounding the lively Carreau du Temple, EMPREINTES spreads over 600m ² in a sunbathed four-story building.

Contrary to standardized commercial places and to the never-ending “always more and faster” trend, EMPREINTES is like an urban break, an invitation to take the time to discover and purchase singular objects made by craftworkers.

Along the floors, the “shop in shop” spirit and its many dedicated spaces unveils a specific highlight for each fine craft universe, from the jewelry’s boudoir to the great dressers of the tableware area…

The place was redesigned by archictect Nabil Hamdouni with a raw and authentic elegance and staged by scenographer Elizabeth Leriche.
The warm and welcoming location, its architecture and staging were meant to allow a certain proximity with the creations and value the intent and pure emotion conveyed by sensitive and unique objects.

The story of the premises

In the late 1930’s, the Woloch family settles its costume jewelery workshops and manufacture at 5, rue de Picardie in the heart of the Haut-Marais area in Paris. Quickly spotted for their expertise in chiseling and hammering, they become jewelry partners for Chanel. The workshops were on the ground floor and first floor, and the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building was the family's accomodation.

In the end of 2008, the business closed and the building becomes a showroom for an Italian fashion group.
Bought by Ateliers d’Art de France (the professional fine craft federation) in 2016, the building is completely transformed, opened up and lighten to become a place of creation again.