From advertising to pottery
The return of the prodigal son
In Digoin, along the canal that runs along the Loire River, the Manufacture de Digoin is one of the last witnesses to the industrial heritage of Burgundy.
A long sailing trip
After more than ten years spent in the media industry in Paris, Pierre Rondinaud decided to follow his destiny and joined the family business in Charente.
Hoist the sails!
This video shines a light on the principles and values, a commitment to developing the greenest supply chain possible able to face up to the environmental challenges of our time.
The rebirth of Manufacture de Digoin
This idea has been anchored in the back of our minds ever since the beginning of the Port Franc experience: to use a sailboat to transport our traditional, artisanal, European products to America
The production of stoneware and pottery at Digoin has always had a strong connection to the artisanal skills and family values of the business that was founded in 1875 on the banks of a Loire tributary.
Slippers at the office
With its white and blues stripes and round collar, the eternally fashionable Marinière has been a wardrobe essential for both men and women for over a century.
The Guy Cotten wax jacket
The 20 employees of this magazine do it in their Charentaise. Each department has picked out their own models, Civray for Production, Calais for Production management and Chartes for the Artistic department.
The Bastion knife maker
For more than 50 years the little yellow man with outstretched arms has been watching over sailors. This iconic brand has stayed loyal to the motto of its founding father, Guy Cotten, "Anyone going overboard should be able to find their way back”.
Up and running!
Nestled into one of the most beautiful bays in Corsica for over 30 years, Porto-Vecchio has been home to knife maker Jean-Pierre Barillet and his workshop the Bastion.
Désaler à La Vérendrye
Port Franc started with orders from family and friends in Quebec. When they heard we would be passing through La Rochelle, the birthplace of the Rondinaud slipper, they’d ask, « If you have enough space, would you mind bringing us back a pair? »
The Charentaise Rondinaud slipper
Le vin était à peine servi, le casse-croûte débutait, quand un long cri a retenti, accompagné d’un «plouf» lourd. Au milieu du lac, l’un des deux canots que nous avions croisés le matin même avant les rapides gisait renversé, ses occupants prenant un bain autour.
The Charentaise is the quintessential household shoe. It takes its name from its birthplace: The region of La Charente, located in the southwest of France between Rochefort, Angouleme and Cognac.