While the items listed in our “Made in France” Christmas gifts article can easily find their place under any “love tree” for Valentine’s Day, for this feast of love we have added 10 more gift ideas that will make your sweetheart happy.
Here they are:
1. “Gerbe” tights, stockings, pantyhose. “Gerbe” company located in the south of Bourgogne has made tights, pantyhose and stockings for more than one century. Their products are worn on the fashion défilés all over the world for designers like Balenciaga, Jean Paul Gaultier, Guy Laroche etc. www.gerbe.com
2. “Armor-Lux” clothing items. Armor-Lux is an enterprise listed as “enterprise du patrimoine vivant” – living heritage enterprise – and was founded in 1938 in Bretagne, a region with strong marine traditions. It specializes in “sailor” type tops for men and women, made from fair-trade cotton. www.armorlux.com
3. “727 Sailbags” travel bags and clothing items. “727 Sailbags” label, created only 10 years ago, specializes in travel bags but makes also pullovers and caps. Their products, all hand made, have one thing in common: they are totally or at least have some parts made from the boat sails recovered in yacht clubs, from private individuals or from skippers. www.727sailbags.com
4. “Kure Bazaar” nail polish is a 85% natural ingredient nail polish produced in the French department of Eure-et-Loir that comes in 50 shades. “Kure Bazaar” is an enterprise created in 2012 by the Brazilian ex-top model Kartika Luyet. www.kurebazaar.com
5. “Croquet de Charost” box. This dry, crunchy, crumbly biscuit made with whole almonds was invented in 1848 by a baker from the village of Charost. It is now produced in the Indre department of France by …”Le Croquet de Charost” enterprise. www.croquetdecharost.com
6. “Biscuit Rose de Fossier” box. The recipe of this biscuit was invented in 1690 by bakers wanting to use the heat of the oven left after the bread finished baking. The biscuit is now produced in the town of Reims in the Marne department,. www.fossier.fr
7. “Debauve & Gallais Chocolate” box. The chocolate house of “Debauve & Gallais” was founded in 1800 by Sulpice Debauve an ancient pharmacist to King Louis XVI. During the French restoration of the 19th century “Debauve & Gallais” became appointed to the royal court of France and serve Kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe I.
Debauve & Gallais Chocolate is made in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. www.debauve-et-gallais.fr
8. Caron Perfumes – The Caron house is mostly renowned for its masculine perfumes, the most famous being “Pour un homme” (“For one man”). Created in 1904 in the town of Asnières north of Paris, Caron is after Guerlain the oldest haute-parfumerie house of France. www.parfumscaron.com
9. “Eau de Menton”. In 1947 Louis Berneux, a perfume maker from Paris, moved to the Côte d’Azur. Here he had the idea of creating a perfume named “Eau de Menton” made from lemon natural oils. The rest is history and “Eau de Menton” is now a renowned French perfume. www.prestigedementon.com
10. “Violettes de Toulouse” Eau de Toilette. The perfume was created by Henri Berdoues in 1936 for his darling! Nowadays the “Violettes de Toulouse” is created by Henri’s descendant Sophie Berdoues in three versions: the original one, “Eau de parfum” and “Violette divine”. www.berdouse.fr
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!