Wool in Provence
In Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence, over eight passionate generations have passed down the secrets of making shawls, scarves, and blankets. Respecting traditional workmanship and constantly innovating, the designers Brun de Vian-Tiran travel the world in search of the most beautiful fibers for their exceptional creations. What’s better than something warm and cozy under the Christmas tree?
Brun de Vian-Tiran (External link)
Leather in Burgundy
In the heart of Burgundy, in Noyers-sur-serein, Yazmhil and Brice Corman are Maroquiniers créateurs, designing original pieces inspired by pure French tradition. Whether you prefer small pouches, larger bags, or belts, there are endless possibilities for shapes, leathers, and colors. Choosing is the hard part.
Noyers Maroquiniers Créateurs (External link)
Crystal in Alsace
Alsace, the cradle of glassworks for over a century, is also well known for its Lalique crystalware, which continues artisanal glass working traditions, while innovating with modern collections. With its jewelry, crystal, and more recently, home design, there’s no doubt that you can find a timeless gift for anyone here.
Lalique (External link)
Wax in Vendée
Five generations have sustained this artisanal family business in Vendée, sharing their unique, traditional know-how in the making of their Bougies La Française candles. With a variety of collections (like “vintage” or “forest”), shapes, and scents, there is a candle for everyone. These are real crowd-pleasers to slide under the tree.
Recycled Cardboard in Paris
A play oven with rounded design, a toy storage bin shaped like a crocodile, child-sized furniture, and even a kit to build your own guitar: there’s something for everyone at Carton Lune, whose workshop is located in Montreuil, just outside of Paris. All items are made from recycled cardboard, and the designer also creates bespoke pieces. Here you can find an original, sustainable holiday gift that’s good for the environment.
Porcelain in Limoges
Limoges, the porcelain capital, is the birthplace of an exceptional savoir-faire, like that proven by Maison Bernardaud, established in 1863. This family business collaborates with passionate artisans to create extraordinary objects to dress up even the prettiest holiday table settings. Their porcelain jewelry range is just as remarkable, each piece making for an elegant, refined gift.
Metal in Dordogne
The oldest French knives produced by talented artisans are created in Dordogne, in the small town of Nontron. Staying true to traditional technique and savoir-faire, Coutellerie nontronnaise has nonetheless evolved in its design, diversifying and creating new ranges for knife enthusiasts. A great gift for those who enjoy authentic, timeless pieces.
Soap in Marseille
Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval is upholding more than 150 years of traditional Marseille soap production. Using this certified soap follows the trend of consuming more durable, natural products. Whether you prefer the traditional bar of soap, the liquid version or the flakes, the virtues of Marseille soap remain the same: its highly effective and good for the skin. These soaps are useful and environmentally friendly gifts.
Perfume in Grasse
Maison Molinard, in Grasse, has been combining tradition with modernity, and luxury with authenticity for more than 150 years. This passion and age-old know-how have been passed on for five generations, creating a range of elegant, original scents. Whether someone is more spicy or floral, or prefers more fresh or woodsy scents, this is a chic, classy gift for any taste.
Find out more:
- *Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) EPV, Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (External link)
- Artisan workshops in France (External link)
- Christmas behind the scenes at Galeries Lafayette