Category: French Fancies

French Fancies: Eres

While my beloved has plenty of pairs of Vilebrequin swim shorts, I just have two swimsuits. Classic black and an emerald green both from French company Eres which started with swimwear and has since expanded into lingerie, casual and active wear.  All of its… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Eres”

French Fancies: Arkopharma

Today I’m looking at a local company founded in 1980 in Carros. Arkopharma is a pharmaceutical laboratory specialising in the field of phytotherapyphy, natural medication and dietary supplements. It’s the French and European leader in natural plant-based medications and dietary supplements. Note, Phytotherapy is… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Arkopharma”

French Fancies: Roger Vivier

Its a well-known fact that a woman can never have too many pairs of shoes! This isn’t the first time I have featured lust-worthy shoes on my blog and it won’t be the last. The man who re-imagined heels Roger Vivier was born in Paris… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Roger Vivier”

French fancies: Oliviers & Co

As a keen home cook, one of the things I love about where I now live is the availability of  wonderful local, artisan products. While we have our own olive grove in the Domaine where I live, I buy lots of different local organic… Continue Reading “French fancies: Oliviers & Co”

French Fancies: L’Occitane en Provence

I intended to write about Oliviers & Co today but in researching the company discovered it had been set up by the man who founded L’Occitane en Provence in 1976 so that’s where I’m going to start. How it all began With so many… Continue Reading “French Fancies: L’Occitane en Provence”

French biscuits: Part II

While France may be best known for its exquisite pâtisserie creations and extravagant gâteaux, the not-so-humble biscuit deserves some recognition too. There are some delicious French biscuits and while they aren’t as revered as foods like cheese and baguette, they do have a role,… Continue Reading “French biscuits: Part II”

French biscuits: Part I

France doesn’t have what you might call a biscuit or cookie culture, somewhat surprising given that biscuit is French for twice cooked. But, as you can see from its supermaket shelves, brands from other countries tend to dominate. Aside from the many artisanal and… Continue Reading “French biscuits: Part I”

French Fancies: La Maison Goyard

Since we had footwear last week, it only seems right to have luggage, including handbags again this week. But whereas last week’s company was a newcomer, this one’s been around for over 200 years. Ownership Goyard is a French trunk and leather goods maker,… Continue Reading “French Fancies: La Maison Goyard”

French Fancies: VEJA

From London to Paris, New York to Newcastle, pavements the world-over are being pounded by white tennis-style sneakers emblazoned at each side with a logo in the shape of a V. Even those that aren’t familiar with VEJA will recognise its now-ubiquitous designs; they’re… Continue Reading “French Fancies: VEJA”

French fancies: Confiserie Florian

Today I’m looking once more at one of our well-known and well-loved local companies, Confiserie Florian, which is celebrating its centenary, the French Riviera’s ultimate sweet tooth paradise, run by the 4th generation of the Fuchs family.  To some of you that name will… Continue Reading “French fancies: Confiserie Florian”