One of the best things about shopping on vacation is discovering local treasures. While anyone can bring back an Eiffel Tower key chain (and I do that too,) it’s more special to have something that speaks to the region and reminds you of your wonderful vacation long after you’ve returned home. A shop just like this can be found in Saint Malo.
A notorious pirate town, Saint Malo is nestled in the crook of the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. This hamlet IS nautical. Saint James Breton shirts abound, pirates in costume and seafood galore, this lovely seaside resort is also home to a lovely little jewel of a shop, Vent de Voyage. Located at 3 Rue Saint Thomas this workshop is a one of a kind place making one of a kind bags.
Inspired by their nautical home, Yann and Christine, the proprietors, complete all their work in the shop creating beautiful bags from sailcloths.
Yes. Sailcloths. Water resistant, sturdy, and durable, these beautiful bags are clean, modern, simple and sleek, much like the shoreline.
To walk inside the shop is to know you’ve found something special. Each bag is hand-crafted, signed and dated. They offer sizes from tiny clutches to beautiful tote bags. You can buy off the rack or customize a bag. If you don’t plan on being in Saint Malo, they even offer a webcam service where you can Skype with them to plan your bag. The shop, much like the town, is charming and unique. Of course, I had to purchase a bag, and I decided on the “La Conchee” in canvas. I swear I can smell the ocean when I carry it…