Category: French Fancies

French Fancies: Galleries Lafayette

Last weekend I wrote about the rebirth of an iconic Parisian store now, here’s another albeit one which is still family-owned which also debuted in Paris. Plus, it’s my local department store at Cap 3000. Galeries Lafayette is a French department store chain, the… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Galleries Lafayette”

French Fancies: OKKO Hotels

This relatively new chain of four-star hotels is springing up in cities across France. With its cool concept of smallish rooms balanced with a large central area known as The Club, there’s plenty of space to relax. One of its main attractions is that… Continue Reading “French Fancies: OKKO Hotels”

French Fancies: La Compagnie du Kraft

You might very well be reading this post on your iPhone, iPad, or some other portable piece of technology. Sure, that’s the world we live in, where we can receive and record information with the touch of a screen. However, if you’re anything like… Continue Reading “French Fancies: La Compagnie du Kraft”

French Fancies: Savon de Marseille

Sundays are where I continue to introduce you to French companies big and small which are very much part of my daily life. Some you’ll have heard of and some you won’t. This time however it’s a product you’ll find in most French households.… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Savon de Marseille”

French Fancies: Caravanne

For over twenty-five years French lifestyle brand, family-run Caravane, has collaborated with artisans around the world to create its unique homewares, offering a curated edit of authentic, quality furniture and accessories including beds, sofas, curtains, homeware and lighting sourced. From raw French linen to Indian… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Caravanne”

French Fancies: Ladurée

I still recall the first time I ate a macaron. It was at Gordon Ramsey’s debut London restaurant Aubergine. He served tiny lemon and raspberry macarons as part of his petits fours’ selection. They were delicious, just melted on the tongue. The second time… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Ladurée”

French Fancies: J.M. Weston

I’ve featured posts about ladies’ shoes but I thought I should address the balance and look at a French producer of predominantly mens’ shoes.  J.M. Weston, despite the Anglo-Saxon sound of its name, is a French luxury shoe company, founded by Édouard Blanchard in… Continue Reading “French Fancies: J.M. Weston”

French Fancies: Souleiado

If you’ve been to France, you’ll have seen typical brightly coloured Provencal fabrics everywhere. But where did they originally come from? If you’ve read any of my posts about the places I’ve visited in south-east France you’ll know that it has been attacked by… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Souleiado”

French Fancies: Maison Kayser

I’ve already written about the importance of bread and patisseries in France. Today I’m looking at one of France’s global brands. Eric Kayser may have only launched his first boulangerie at 31 but his belated start did not stop him from making his mark. … Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maison Kayser”

French Fancies: Baccarat Crystal

France has some wonderful manufacturers of glass and crystal. Here’s one of my favourites though sadly it’s no longer in French hands. How it all began Baccarat Glass was established in 1765 by the Bishop of Metz who wanted to encourage industry in the… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Baccarat Crystal”