Category: French Fancies

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”

French fancies: Merci Concept Store

When concept store Colette closed in December 2017, I had to find a replacement. Enter Merci! An iconic hot spot in the Parisian capital for over a decade, renowned for the red Fiat 500 parked in the courtyard. A must-see, must-go and must-be-seen shop… Continue Reading “French fancies: Merci Concept Store”

French fancies: Lacaton & Vassal

This week’s post isn’t about a company, it’s a partnership.  A French partnership recognised as Champions of the  ‘transform and reuse’ movement who have won architecture’s Nobel prize. Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded the Pritzker Prize 2021 for their ‘restorative architecture.’… Continue Reading “French fancies: Lacaton & Vassal”

French fancies: Longchamp

Today I turn my attention to family-run Longchamp, best known for its iconic Le Pliage bag, of which I have far too many to mention! The company’s origins It’s a curious fact that the renowned French luxury leather goods company Longchamp began as a… Continue Reading “French fancies: Longchamp”

French Fancies: La Chambre aux Confitures

This is a brand I discovered some time ago when we were staying in Le Marais in Paris. My beloved wanted some jam to go on his breakfast croissants and the shop was just around the corner. There’s also a shop in Aix-en-Provence –… Continue Reading “French Fancies: La Chambre aux Confitures”

French Fancies: Typology

This is where I tell you all about some of my and my beloved’s favourite French brands. This week I’m looking at a relative newcomer. Indeed, the company only recently celebrated its second birthday. Established by Ning Li, co-founder of Made.com, Typology is a… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Typology”

French Fancies: Picard

If you’ve spent any time in France, you’ve most likely seen a Picard frozen food store. Officially called Picard Surgelés, it’s France’s leading frozen foods specialist (1,000+ products) and one that I’ve wholly embraced. I particularly love their frozen organic prawns and Canadian lobster.… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Picard”

French fancies: Vilebrequin

My beloved husband loves this brand of French swimwear, it’s his go to for swim shorts and has been buying them since the late 90s. I have lost count of how many pairs he possesses but he’ll typically buy at least one new pair… Continue Reading “French fancies: Vilebrequin”

French Fancies: Laboratoires Pierre Fabre

You may not have heard of Pierre Fabre unless you’re a rugby fan – the company sponsors its local rugby team in Castres where its story begins. Even so, you may not know what the company does, aside from making some of my favourite… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Laboratoires Pierre Fabre”

French Fancies: Diptyque

I adore all this company’s products, particularly its candles. This year Diptyque is celebrating its 60th anniversary, providing me with an opportunity to immerse myself in everything that has inspired the House since its creation. Introduction Diptyque’s roots are in a rebellious 1960s Paris… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Diptyque”