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Duralex glasses | Glasses that taste of childhood

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Since 1946, the Gigogne glasses by Duralex have been part of the lives of thousands of children at the school canteen. Generations of children have had fun and teased each other about their age from the number printed at the bottom of the glasses. The number is actually that of the mould which was used […]...

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July 6, 2015 | 9:10 am |

100% Made in Paris | The good products to taste in the French capital

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Can you really find local food to eat in Paris? Of course you can! To assist you in your foodie peregrinations on the hunt for good local products in the French capital, we have compiled a selection of addresses that are a delicious celebration of Made in Paris. 1 – Paris ham In the capital […]...

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January 20, 2015 | 2:33 pm |

Parisian coffee | By Coutume

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You don’t have to stand at a bar counter to drink that little cup of black coffee in Paris! You can also enjoy it at Coutume Café, an Australian-inspired coffee shop where the coffee beans have been roasted in Paris. Coutume – for the love of coffee     When Antoine Nétien came home from […]...

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January 20, 2015 | 1:53 pm |

Repetto | French ballet slippers and ballerina shoes

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The Repetto dance slipper is the story of a mother’s love for her son who wanted more comfortable dance shoes.    In 1947, Rose Repetto set to making her first creations for her child, Roland Petit, using a unique sewing technique, the ‘stitch and return’. Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev and the ballerinas at the Opéra […]...

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August 13, 2014 | 9:03 am |

Bacsac® | Fun bags for your plants

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Who said that plants and their flower pots were inseparable? Certainly not the inventors of Bacsac, who had the funny idea of replacing them with bags that are easy to move around, so that you can add a little nature where it is needed most. When Godefroy de Virieu, Virgile Desurmont and Louis de Fleurieu […]...

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May 28, 2014 | 7:35 am |

Sophie the giraffe | The timeless baby toy

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Sophie, the intergenerational giraffe, has been bringing joy to babies and young children for more than 50 years! Her appearance has hardly changed since her invention in 1961, and Sophie has left her mark on entire generations. With her giraffe shape, her smell, the hollow rubber material, not to mention her inimitable squeak, Sophie is […]...

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April 14, 2014 | 2:16 pm |

The Stan Smith | The French trainer that conquered the world

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Since Adidas invented it in 1964, the Stan Smith runner – unisex, small, white and French – has had a long, rich and eventful life. At the time, the sportswear brand was hoping to launch a range of tennis shoes. In collaboration with the French player Robert Haillet, the first innovative runner with small air […]...

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March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am |

Drucker chairs | Such Parisian bistro style!

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For more than a century, these chairs have been bringing a chic bistro-style appearance to many Parisian cafe terraces, making Drucker rattan chairs part of the French cultural heritage. These chairs, with their distinctive appearance, have been manufactured at Gilocourt since 1885. They are the result of prodigious French know-how and manufacturing. The house of […]...

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March 26, 2014 | 8:36 am |

The schoolchildren’s soap | Practical lemon soap

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Like a big rotating lemon attached to its chrome brass wall support, the schoolchildren’s soap bar has been cleaning and softening the hands of many thousands of children since its invention in 1950. On the shores of Lake Léman in Haute Savoie, the Provendi laboratories run by Marguerite and Arnold had the simple, yet sensational […]...

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March 26, 2014 | 8:23 am |

Le savon de Marseille | Gentle, centuries-old soap

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The savon de Marseille, that famous little green cube weighing 600 grammes, has been lathering all of France since the 14th century. Steeped in history and famous for its virtuous properties, it has travelled through time and generations and French people are still as attached to it as ever. Solely plant based, it is made […]...

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March 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm |

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