The modern High Street does have plenty to offer, brands that we love and identify with ideally located in the middle of our towns and cities. However, all too often High Streets offer consumers similar groups of multi-national chain stores offering an identical product in each town or city. The Cathedral Quarter offers something different: a fantastic mixture of shops and restaurants unique to Canterbury. A prime example of this is the beautiful French boutique Antoine et Lili which is well located on the Burgate. As you enter the store you are greeted with a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours that is the epitome of ‘French Chic’. Antoine et Lili was created in 1994 by a small group of friends based in Paris who shared a workshop in Montematre, the former artists village once inhabited by both Picasso and Dali. The group drew on their collections of fabrics, cloths and objects from extensive travel of the world to create their own unique, distinctive brand. Almost all the artisanal creations are ‘made with love’ in Paris, with the collections designed in house.
At Antoine et Lili the collections are always original, feminine and timeless. Each is an invitation to journey, to discover other cultures, traditions and knowledge. Antoine et Lili continue to ﬁnd their inspiration from the traditional and ethnic styles of women worldwide: inﬂuences from India, Africa, Latin America inspire colours and fabrics while Europe and Asia inﬂuence the designs, creating traditional and stylish couture from every era – every piece has a story. The Robe Chinoise, the Chinese pantalon, the hand-made embroidered coat, jewels from India, the shoes of ﬂamenco, combine with classic tailored pieces that will take you from day to night, whilst coloured and unusual accessories and decorative objects are sourced from all over the world. Antoine et Lili have established stores in France and Switzerland with a recent opening in Bruxelles while in the UK we are located in the Cathedral Quarter in Canterbury. The décor, the array of colourful pieces, shoes and accessories embody the spirit of Antoine et Lili – fun, lively, chic!
Antoine et Lili is just one of the eclectic mix of stores that offer a wonderful array of products and services found in the Cathedral Quarter. Whether you require handmade pottery, bespoke jewellery, handmade English shoes, beautifully designed French clothing or a sour dough pizza we have so much to offer. Come and experience the Cathedral Quarter, you will not be disappointed.