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Shop Tour: Le Cactus Club

by Quelcy Kogel

A road trip is the perfect time to hatch our wildest, biggest ideas. For Paris, France-based sisters Pauline and Camille Laffargue, road tripping through California — and exploring American boutiques and restaurants — enabled them to dive into an idea of their own. Growing up, Pauline and Camille’s family spent a lot of time together in the garden. As city-dwelling adults, the sisters moved from tiny Parisian apartment to tiny apartment, but one theme remained consistent: they loved plants and loved the space-transforming properties of plants. They missed digging in the dirt, and they wanted to spread their zeal for greenery. Thus, the seed for Le Cactus Club was planted!

Pauline and Camille shared this dream secretly at first, but their California road trip exposed them to a wide variety of shops that made their ideas seem more realistic (sky diving also may have put their dreams into perspective). The sisters recall, “Everywhere we went, there were little, cute plants hanging around, and they were so smartly arranged.” They returned to Paris feeling more confident in the idea they had been nurturing. They set to planning and scouting, and once they found the perfect location, they hustled to add their special touches. They received their keys this past March, and by the end of April, Pauline and Camille officially opened Le Cactus Club to share their passion for plants with the rest of us. Here’s hoping I get to attend a workshop there soon! —Quelcy

Photography by Le Cactus Club and Lola Reboud

Image Above: Le Cactus Club is a concept store in Paris dedicated to indoor plant styling. Sisters Pauline and Camille sell plants, plant accessories and decor. They also offer workshops and greening services. 

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While Pauline and Camille focused on developing the business concept, they kept an eye on real estate. They knew they found “the one” when they arrived at this storefront in the 11th arrondissement, near Canal St Martin, an area they describe as “cozy, trendy, young and creative.” It had enough space for retail and workshops, and most importantly for a plant concept store, the space offered ample light.

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The greenery in the windows draws pedestrians into Camille and Pauline’s plant-filled world, and amusingly, they can hear all the conversations that take place in front of the glass. Luckily, though, the feedback has been positive. The sisters say, “It’s funny, informative, and touching!”

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Finding a space with ample natural lighting was important, but the final home for Le Cactus Club has skylights in the floor, so natural light even hits the basement storeroom.

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The sisters’ mission in opening their shop was “to create an unusual urban jungle, to let people discover this place with a smile and see the benefits of plants!” Then, in turn, they hope their customers will want to surround themselves with plant companions, thinking of greenery as integral to their decorating schemes.

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Pauline and Camille had to outfit the shop on a limited budget and a really tight timeline, since they had already announced the opening date. They painted the walls white, and true to their mission, they relied heavily on the decorative power of plants.

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For furniture, they chose antique and industrial pieces that spoke to their theme: vintage apple crates, an industrial work table and an old florist’s shelf. Now that they’re open, they’ve had more time to expand their pieces and play with displays.

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Pauline and Camille’s goal in designing their shop was to create a colorful, warm and welcoming space.

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Pauline arranges the shelf dedicated to the pots. She and her sister Camille grew up gardening with their family, and despite living in small, Parisian apartments, their love for greenery persisted in a big way.

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Le Cactus Club is all about mixing and matching and having fun with plants, values the sisters are working into their display schemes.

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Le Cactus Club also offers lifestyle goods for plant aficionados — beautiful watering cans, prints, books and more!

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Le Cactus Club offers workshops in a designated room. In this photo, a kokedama workshop was about to begin.

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