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The manufacturing firms we represent combine centuries of know-how, thoughtful design requiring patience and a meticulous selection of the best fabrics. We put a great deal of emphasis on distributing their products with care and products in North America.
ATELIER DE LA VENISE NORMANDE
Atelier de la Venise Normande was born in 2014 when two young entrepreneurs determined to produce jeans of the highest quality in France, resuscitated the great tradition of their village of origin, Pont-Audemer, in Normandy, which consisted of manufacturing denim. Following a successful socio-financing campaign, the two creators were able to revive production in a local factory that had stopped production in 1999, after close to 80 years of existence.
Specialized in high-quality knitting since its foundation in 1927, Fileuse d'Arvor is the oldest hosiery shop still in operation today, in Britttany. Twenty seamstresses assemble each sweater, “marinière” or hat, by hand, using soft and resistant cotton fibres or Austrian wool. The National French Navy chose the “marinières”, crafted by this family-owned business for their Jeanne d'Arc helicopter carrier crew and some of the best Parisian fashion designers, such as Agnès B. have multiplied their collaboration with this hosiery shop, recognized for its unique know-how.
For more than half a century, the little yellow man with stretched arms watching over the sailors and yachtsmen of our planet, faithful to Guy Cotton’s motto, the father of this mythical brand: «Every man going overboard must be able to find his place on the boat». Authentic sea enthusiasts, from the Gascony gulf, to the storms of Cape Horn, across the fishing ports in the Gaspé region, have been equipped with the waxed coats and dry bags of this family-owned business, established in Brittany. For the first time, this brand is exclusivity offered by Port Franc to the North American general public.
“La Coutellerie Le Bastion” is a family-owned business in Porto Vecchio, Corsica, founded by Jean-Pierre Barillet. Master-cutler for more than 40 years, he passionately runs this small-scale craft shop where he recreates the noble original models, while continuing to innovate. The wood selected to form the handle is treated according to state of the art standards and the blade is sharpened with precision. These knives with lifetime warranty are the Corsican mountains shepherds’ favorite tool.
Manufacture de Digoin
Established in 1875, the sandstone and pottery factory of Digoin is a family-owned business offering products that embellish the most beautiful tables of «la Belle Époque». With market globalization, sandstone has become out-dated and the company goes bankrupt at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In 2014, a group of investors convinced that this know-how still had potential, take-over the factory and rename it “Manufacture de Digoin”. The original moulds are preserved and local production of the sandstone paste is kept. On the other hand, enamel colours are somewhat modified to adapt to contemporary shades and trends. In addition to supplying individuals, Manufacture De Digoin supplies several distilleries, mustard and food canneries in particular Amora-Maille, the authentic Dijon's mustard specialist.
Marguerite and Arnold founded this business in Haute-Savoie, in the Alps, during the 1950s with the fabrication of the emblematic “school soap” which accompanied generations of children. Their laboratory, located on the shores of lake Léman right at the edge of the French-Swiss border, uses only vegetable oils cooked in a cauldron, without any chemicals or animal ingredients. All products are crafted in conformity with the traditional techniques of the Marseille soap masters, which has entitled Provendi The Ecocert organic label, as well as the Living Heritage Company (EPV) label.
For more than a century, Rondinaud establishments have been producing the emblematic “Charentaise” slippers in their “La Rochefoucauld” workshops, named after the southwestern region of France. Crafted entirely by hand, they have been assembled using the traditional "sewn-back" technique, which gives them the unique character dating back to the time of Louix XIV. Adopted over time by the valets, to wax the floors of the upper middle class, and imported to the Élysée by François Mitterrand, the Charentaise is a must in French fashion. Rondinaud was awarded with Living Heritage Company Label (EPV) by the French government in recognition of their unique know-how.