Copy of Saint-Martin Bookshop celebration on November 10th
Saint-Martin Bookshop will mark its opening with a celebration on November 10th, Saint Martin’s day. We want to celebrate Saint Martin’s festival, the children’s festival, by gifting all children and their grown-ups with traditional Saint Martin’s buns (craquandoules, follard, voelaeren & cougnou).
Saint-Martin Bookshop is a new space in Brussels dedicated to a curated selection of rare, historical and second-hand art books and artist’s books, editions and rare magazines. The books are for collectors, artists, curators, and book lovers.
Everyone is welcome.
Saint-Martin Bookshop has repurposed/given new purpose to the former headquarters of Martin Margiela, maintaining some of the traces of the Maison while also paying homage to the processes and ways of working of its previous occupant through its aesthetic and approach.
The well-known white house, striking amongst the brick and pale facades of the over-hanging buildings on this corner of the rue de Flandre, shaded by a hazel tree, was historically the first flagship store of the celebrated designer Martin Margiela. Spread over three levels, fitted with custom-designed illusionistic printed carpets and wallpapers, the first Margiela shop was a place of interest to international fashion pilgrims for more than 20 years and it constituted the blueprint for all subsequent Margiela boutiques.
It played an important role in the development of this part of Brussels as an art and fashion district and the Saint-Martin Bookshop aims to preserve and build on that legacy by maintaining it and giving it new life. Now its famous mural detailing the numbered ranges of MM products has been replaced by Saint Martin’s coat cutting sword. Inside, industrial shelves painted white hint yet again at Margiela’s transformative recycling methods, whilst the tables on which the books and editions are displayed in weekly curated selections are a homage to another ‘invisible man’, artist Stanley Brouwn.