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The first store of the iconic brand is located close to the Opera in Paris, but did you know that the famous Repetto shoes and ballet pumps have been manufactured in Saint-Médard d'Excideuil in the Dordogne region since 1967? A top tip that will make your feet happy without breaking the bank: go to the factory store.
Despite its age, Coutellerie Nontronnaise, which takes its name from this small town in the north of the Dordogne, Nontron, where it has been established since 1653, has adapted its ancestral knowledge and expertise to today's world. Today, some of the biggest names in design have left their mark here. Come and visit the workshop and the manufacturing of the oldest knives in France, recognizable by their pyrographed decoration depicting a mysterious symbol, will hold no more secrets from you. Just the building that houses it alone, a beautiful building with stylish architecture, makes the visit worthwhile.
Fed-up of umbrellas that flip round like pancakes? Get yourself a shepherd's umbrella, the real deal, the one with a beech rod finished with a pommel, 9 ribs made from cane or reeds and solid fabric, blue more often than not, measuring at least 1.30 - almost a parasol. It will protect you from rain, sun, and even lightning strikes. You can visit the last workshop in France where they are still hand made. You'll find it in Pau, capital of the Béarn, balcony over the Pyrenees and a city that was the birthplace of the good King Henry IV.
Put on your espadrilles and right away you feel like you're on holiday! It is the very best shoe for summer and leisure. Originally from Mauléon, the capital of the Soule, the smallest and most typical of the seven Basque provinces, it is still manufactured in the purest tradition by sandal-makers today, even though the models have been brought right up to day. Hemp or jute, linen, cotton or leather, 100% natural rubber, hand sewn, plain or striped ... the Basque espadrille is soft on your feet and perfect for dancing the fandango - the Basque version, of course.
A traditional Basque stick as well as an art object, once coupled with a formidable weapon, today this walking stick is an honorary emblem of the Basque Country, a symbol of Basque culture and tradition. Each piece is unique and carries a personalised motto. The manufacture is a long-term task. The Ainciart Bergara family has continued this tradition for at least seven generations. You can admire the work carried out by the artisans in the workshop - woodwork, leather work, carving, engraving - by visiting Laressore, a small village about ten miles from Bayonne. Who knows, maybe you'll be tempted? Note that tradition dictates that you either give or receive one …
Always on trend, chic and a must-have item, it appears at all the fashion shows and is one of the essential accessories in any male or female wardrobe. Popular imagination thinks of the Basque beret, but, in fact, the beret is of Bearnaise origin. Demand the authentic; the Laulhère beret, sole manufacturer for a variety of brands, is the most popular worldwide. Laulhère has been manufacturing the legendary hat for generations, in the same place, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, a classified town of Art and History and gateway to the Béarn valleys. The manufacturer has also modernised it by playing around with a beautiful palette of wool colours. There will definitely be a Laulhère beret that will suit your style.
Authentic and local, the manufacture of Basque linen is based on ancestral knowledge and expertise. Today, there remain just three traditional Basque linen manufacturers - the one whose seven stripes represent the seven Basque provinces. The Lartigue weaving workshops are one of these; they settled in Ascain in the Basque Country and in Bidos Oloron-Sainte-Marie in Béarn. The workshop offers modern and colourful collections that you can admire and purchase in their factory shops, during a tour of their workshops.
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