Yesterday in Paris I met Nicolas Flachot, creator of the ultra fashionable on-line store KIDIMO.
Nicolas loves old letters. He has been hunting them down in brocantes and fairs for years now, and when he formed his company his passion became his business.
Today he sells letters in all styles, and helps clients all over the world to put them together in words of their choice, in his easy-to-recognise signature style.
His better known clients include the Merci store in Paris, Elle Deco magazine, Paolo Navone and many others.
I asked him if he has a current favourite style of letter, and the answer came without hesitation, at the moment he is loving the 50′s and 60′s
To find Nicolas, I had to cross one of those old Parisian inner courtyards that takes you back 200 years, pass a friendly black dog and climb a dark and dodgy stairway to finally come to his door .
I rang the bell and he answered with a smile, opening wide to reveal a vast atelier, bordered on all sides by piles of letters, neatly sorted and stacked by size, colour and style.
We chatted about his love of brocante, his former work as a TV producer and the pleasure he gets today, assembling words and dispatching them around the world.
At any time, Nicolas has nearly 2000 letters in stock. Ranging from a few centimetres high to 3 metres! All his letters are authentically old. As well as unique decorations for their home, his clients are buying a little bit of history.
Typically a client contacts him by email with a request and he will put together a suggestion with prices and sizes and send them a photo. Once the client is happy, the letters are packed and posted. Luckily Nicolas speaks good English, so there is no problem for most clients from outside of France.
As we talked, he kindly put together some words for me and my camera, including (and this was a test of patience, why is my name so long?! really!!) the title to this little blog!
So if you long to see your name in lights, or to put your dog’s name above his bed, or simply shout ‘Bonjour’ from your bedroom wall, you can contact Nicolas via the Kidimo website. Even better, you can keep up with their news (including their amazing twice yearly cleaning-out sale!) by liking the Kidimo facebook page.
And if you really prefer to see before you buy, you can make an appointment to stop at the atelier in Paris, and choose your letters personally …. just don’t forget to say:
KIDIMO on facebook here
KIDIMO.COM the website here
227 rue st Denis, 75002
photos 1 & 11 by Frederic Lucano for Kidimo