Les Échoppes: in the craftsmen's workshop
Behind the Les Échoppes site are three young entrepreneurs who have decided to promote the local market, and inspired artisans with a taste for beauty, quality and local distribution channels. Travel to Provence with Atelier Akka jewellery, soaps from La Manufacture du Siècle and Belesa (meaning 'beauty' in Occitan), a natural cosmetics brand from the Cévennes. And explore By Tiline, a Parisian workshop making sustainable decorative items such as hand-painted glass and porcelain candle holders and coffee cups.
Provence Store: a taste of the south
What if we let the Provence sun shine on Christmas Day? This new online store founded in Avignon epitomises the Provencal art of living. Pottery from Atelier Pom and Maison Cassar give a holiday feel to the table, olive wood candles from Senteurs du Sud and lavender comforters by Choco & Lula waft in the scents of the hills... and everything is lovingly made by artists and local artisans. For the ultimate treat, indulge in an ABC culinary box to add flavours of thyme, black figs and Camargue fleur de sel to your Christmas lunch.
L’Appartement Français: gems on all floors
What does 'made in France' constitute for Emilie and David, founders of L’Appartement Français? They lead customers on a treasure hunt across the country: from Beauvais to Pornic, their selection highlights both centuries-old expertise and young designers, and displays traceability and all manufacturing locations. From 'black eye' soaps by Clean Hugs designed in Normandy and the south east, to hats fashioned in Occitanie from La Manufacture des Possibles, you'll find a wealth of locally made gems on their site.
The couple also runs the 'Made in France' boutiques collective, which represents 15 multi-brand boutiques across France. Check out the interactive map and order online.
INMA's digital pop-up boutique platform
The National Institute of Arts and Crafts (INMA) is offering fabulous French-style Christmas shopping with a temporary digital boutiques platform until December 13. Four cities are 'hosting' a selection of products made by Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant ('Living Heritage Companies') (EPV) and recognised Maîtres d’Art.
Decorative items, toys, jewellery, fashion and leather goods are in the spotlight during online sales sessions on social networks and in streaming and virtual meetings with passionate business leaders. The four cities are Lille (13-15 November), Lyon (20-22 November), Paris (27-29 November) and Caen (11-13 December) - with more to follow, as INMA doesn't intend to stop there! Replays are available on the INMA website until December 13.
Pop-up digital boutiques platform (French only)
Rose Durantin: poetic items from Paris
A stone's throw from the Place des Abbesses in Montmartre, Rose Durantin is the realm of a dozen designers always ready to share their passion. Limited-edition, unique or tailor-made, their creations are all made in Paris and have one thing in common: poetry! From collections of romantic or graphic jewellery and items inspired by nature and seeds, to softer-than-soft clothes for women and children and sets of colourful scarves, you'll find something here to brighten up the end-of-year celebrations. NB: Rose Durantin itself does not offer online shopping, but the site lists all the associated designers, with links to their separate sites.
From Brittany with love
"Je peux pas, j’ai tempête" warns a sailor top by Chapline de la Faille. "Qui a le holen?" asks a linen table runner by Ty Coz. From Breizh, a digital platform for products designed and/or made in Brittany with a boutique in Pont L'Abbé, is shining the spotlight on Breton craftsmanship - and it's all eco-friendly, too. Browse neoprene sweaters made from diving suits (Teorum) and jagged jewels in air chambers like a Bigoudène headdress (Dely) - you'll be blown away by what you find!
Un Coq dans Le Transat: three cheers for French craftsmanship
An amusing name that says it all: 'Un Coq dans Le Transat' ('A Rooster in the Deckchair') perfectly represents both France as a whole, and homes and gardens. Launched to promote French savoir-faire, the platform brings together around 100 suppliers and 5,000 items from furniture to tableware and small-scale decoration. Stock up on gift ideas to have fun as a group: croquet sets or wooden skittles by Ludivine Jardine, DIY toys from La Manufacture des Familles or 'Combat de Coqs' board games conceived in Brittany, designed in Normandy and manufactured in Meurthe-et-Moselle. What a tour of France!
Ma Boutique Française: an eclectic collection from 300 brands
Ma Boutique Française is a new site dedicated to items made in France. Hunt through 300 brands promoting creativity, solidarity and local distribution networks. From colourful Artiga bags in Basque fabric, to ethical fashion from Parisienne et Alors and leather goods from the Perche by Le Cuir est Dans le Pré, the list goes on. Don't miss the ultra-modern creations from Atelier Emmaus, which trains new artisans to make furniture and objects using scraps of wood and industrial material recovered by Emmaüs itself.
BforC Concept Store: Made in France is chic!
Rive droite tote bag or Rive gauche scarf? If you shop at BforC, Father Christmas will be bringing some very stylish gifts this year. The concept store's 'made in France' corner unites designers and artisans cultivating a very French spirit, striking a balance between tradition and modernity. Be Parisian has given a new edge to the classic silk scarf, Philémon 1889 has shaken up men's cosmetics vintage-style, and La Corvette sells plant-based soaps from Provence infused with goat's milk, honey and lavender.
e-français: 1,001 reasons to buy French
Ethical fashion based on organic materials and recycled cotton, zero-waste natural cosmetics, wooden toys and local products without additives... e-français brings together over 50 brands and 1,000 items made in France. It's a great place to do your Christmas shopping responsibly: each item is accompanied by a detailed guide, ranging from eco-knitted sneakers to wellness baskets for getting in shape before (or after) the holidays!