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WE LOVE: LO/A, THE FRESHEST BOOKSTORE IN PARIS

July 17, 2014 BY CAPSULE

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A new kind of bookstore just opened in the heart of the North Marais, and it’s worth checking out.

Part gallery, part retail space, LO/A offers a fresh take to selling books—a thematic bookstore. Founders Jeanne Holsteyn and Maxime Dubois, former fashion industry execs, take an unusual approach to retail and have created a book store with a rotating focus. Every 3-6 months, the store’s offerings totally change to reflect a new theme. Holstein and Dubois delve deep into the themes they choose, finding rare books, magazines and music to present, sell and to serve as inspiration and education.

Currently on view through August is "The Faith of Street, Chronicles of Hip Hop" – an examination of hip-hop culture through the early beginnings of the movement in US and later in France. Holsteyn and Dubois have curated an amazing selection of relevant and publications covering all aspects of hip hop’s early days. Some sold-out features even have been re-issued by LO/A Editions. Classics like Jamel Shabazz Back in the Days, and the first issue of Ghetto Art -- Los Angeles’ only graffiti magazine, from 1987 are some of the publications available now. Definitely worth a visit!

-Gino Delmas

LO/A

17 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003li

http://libraryofarts.com

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