In a city filled with unique boutiques, Santa Fe's Bon Marche stands out from the crowd. The small, colorful shop is packed with French canvas goods ranging from yard goods to table linens to tote bags and espadrilles. Walk in the door, and you’re greeted by a riot of colorful stripes.
Located on Alcaldesa Street in the trendy Railyard District – directly across from the Santa Fe Farmers Market and just steps from the tracks – Bon Marche is an unexpected find in a city filled with silver and turquoise jewelry, woven American Indian rugs and cowboy boots.
Bon Marche is filled with colorful merchandise — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
The shop is crammed full of the diverse goods, including items Bon Marche has manufactured locally, including placemats, table runners, tablecloths, tote bags, leather goods, lampshades and patio umbrellas.
They have even added contemporary sectional sofas made to order to their line. They can be delivered in as little as three weeks.
All of the goods, except espadrilles (which are made in the French Pyrenees), are made locally with fabric imported from France. The outdoor furniture line is made with “anti-fade” fabrics that even hold their color in the high desert sun.
The shop, says co-owner Amy Parrish, is “all about happy, vibrant color.”
Outdoor furniture fills the side yard at Bon Marche — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
How did this bit of France arrive in Santa Fe? Bon Marche was born in an Atlanta living room after owners Parrish and Jean Philippe Saldana discovered canvas weavers in the French Pyrenees close to where he was born. The colorful fabrics are woven on centuries-old looms.
At the time of this discovery, Saldana owned an antique shop in Atlanta that specialized in 18th-century French antiques. Parrish, who was a corporate training consultant, designed and manufactured her own clothing line on the side. Inspired by the fabric, they set out to design a line of chic and colorful lifestyle products.
The couple wanted to move to Santa Fe.
"The vibrant colors that we specialize in fit in perfectly with the Santa Fe style and aesthetic,” says Parrish.
They started the business at the Tesuque Flea Market in 2011, and it was a hit. The next step: a brick-and-mortar location. They opened the shop in the fall of that year.
The proximity to the farmers market makes their shop the perfect location. According to Parrish, it’s “like being in a village in France.”
Plenty of striped espadrilles are on offer at Bon Marche — Photo courtesy of Steve Collins
She adds that their table linens “are as thoughtful as the beautiful meals that our customers are selecting ingredients for at the farmers market; it all fits.”
What’s next at Bon Marche? They’re working on creating luxury leather bags and expanding the outdoor furniture line.
“We are always designing and creating based on our color inspirations,” Parish adds.
If you want to bring the south of France home from the Southwest, then put Bon Marche on your Santa Fe shopping list. Not coming to Santa Fe? Shop online on their website; they’ll ship to anywhere in the United States.
“And you simply cannot find better colors anywhere in the States,” says Parrish. “We corner the market on chic color to create happy lifestyles.”