53.4167° N 3.0000° W
Friday
Sep192014

Le Chien et Moi

Coordinates

52.9552833° N, -1.1579598° W

Address
60 Derby Street
Nottingham
NG1 5FD
United Kingdom

Website

www.lechienetmoi.com
www.lcemstore.com

Email
pip@lechienetmoi.com

Telephone
+44 (0) 0115 979 9199

Social Media

Twitter

Located on Derby Road, a short journey from Nottingham city centre is independent antiquities shop Le Chien Et Moi, a treasure trove of items residing in an elegant listed building. Described as ‘a diverse and considered collection of unusual and beautiful things, old and new, with a touch of nostalgia’ and founded by husband and wife duo Andrew and Pip Bolton in 2008, Le Chien et Moi is a real labour of love for the pair. Having worked at Nottingham-based atelier Paul Smith for a decade, Pip can now be found on the shop floor alongside resident Basset hound, Mulberry. While Pip takes care of the shop Andrew can be found sourcing the Le Chien Et Moi's collection and is responsible for the brands aesthetic, something he does alongside working as the senior print designer for Paul Smith.

Inside, the shop’s aesthetic is reminiscent of an old pharmacy; various cabinets of curiosities, vintage wardrobes, library bookcases, hat stands and a disused fridge fill the space and sit comfortably next to the Bolton’s handpicked collection, largely discovered while traveling. The striking shop floor was created by the Bolton's after restoring the original, french oak wooden parquet and sourced antique French tiles from The Antique Floor Company, the duo used poured concrete with them to create the beautifully finished floor.

The careful edit consists of antiques, perfumery, apothecary, stationary, books and clothing as well as candles by Cire Trudon and Milkhouse Creamery, that can be found dotted around the store. Homeware from Comptoir de Famille and Merchant & Mills as well as maps from Herb Lester can be found in amongst vintage finds and on our visit we also spotted pieces by Deptford based illustrator Josie Shenoy and printmaker Lucy May Schofield. Le Chien et Moi are also one of very few to present the beautiful ancient apothecary collection by one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella, established in 1612.

To complement the unique nature of the store, Le Chien et Moi opted for a interactive website designed by Jason Holroyd and Simon Dunn of design agency Seismik. The website, a Victorian scrapbook donated by the Boltons who found it in China, is a ‘emporium of interesting things’ and features hand written type, various printing methods including heat pressing and embossing as well as illustration and photography by Scene Photography. November 2014 see's Le Chien Et Moi launch it's online shop.

Opening Hours
Monday
Closed

Tuesday - Saturday
10:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday
Closed

Nearest Train Station
Nottingham Train Station

Nearest Bus Station
Nottingham, Cathedral


Words by Lee Fleming

Photography by Mike Gannon