The famous Parisian charity shop Merci is presenting a unique exhibition: Rubans. Being presented for the first time to the public, a unique collection of catalogues, swatches, sample boards, color shemes and advertisements. Ribbon for the fashion industry has developed since the end of the 18th century in Saint Etienne. Nearly 30 000 people worked in the factories leading up to the start of the First World War. For stylists and designers looking for inspiration, lovers of colors, fabrics, materials and graphics, or anyone interested in this time period rich in innovation and creativity. The inventive and imaginative merchants open the era for trends, department stores and fashion houses.