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8 Iconic French Brands for Channeling Your Inner Francophile

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When you think of France, what comes to mind? Likely food. Possibly the word "bonjour." And, if you're in our Shop, most definitely style. The effortlessness, the beauty, French design turns the most humdrum of tasks into something out of a Renoir painting. Sunday afternoon chores? There's a French broom for that. Preparing dinner for your family after a 10-hour work day? There's a French pepper mill for that. Trying to swat mosquitoes away from a picnic cheese spread? There's a French pocket knife for that.

Visit The Shop and you'll stumble upon iconic French brand after iconic French brand. Some you may recognize, some you'll be delighted to discover. We've rounded up 8 of our favorites, plus our best vintage pieces, French-inspired designs, and French cookbook standbys. May we introduce (or re-introduce)...

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andrée jardin

Since: 1947

A brief history: A family-owned company passed down from father (George-René Julio—a trained brush-maker who apprenticed in Nantes) to son to grandson. With the advent of plastics the demand for high-quality brushes went by the wayside, but the company has since revived their classic designs. These are pieces of true craftsmanship, from the beechwood handles to the natural bristles.

Why we love them: Cleaning with Andrée Jardin tools makes us feel more chic and less Cinderella. We'll admit it, cleaning a ceiling fan is never exactly fun, but it's definitely the easiest it's ever been with the soft, tightly packed horsehair bristles and the smart circular shape of Andrée Jardin's brush. The colors make us pretty dang happy, too.

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Vintage-Inspired French Push Broom, 16.5"

Vintage-Inspired French Push Broom, 16.5"

From $74
Vintage-Inspired French Table Crumber Set

Vintage-Inspired French Table Crumber Set

$46
Vintage-Inspired French Ceiling Fan Brush

Vintage-Inspired French Ceiling Fan Brush

From $46
Vintage-Inspired French Brush & Dustpan Set

Vintage-Inspired French Brush & Dustpan Set

$70

mauviel

Since: 1830

A brief history: Mauviel began in Villedieu-les-Poêles ("the city of copper"), a village in Normandy with an 800-year tradition of copper manufacturing. It's still a private family-owned business today, now in its seventh generation. With 10 different cookware lines to choose from, Mauviel pans are found in professional kitchens and in the hands of home cooks.

Why we love them: Of the several Mauviel cookware lines we carry, the M'Steel pans are the ones we reach for every day: the extra-thick (but surprisingly lightweight) carbon steel becomes naturally nonstick after seasoning, heats up quickly and evenly, and stands up to screaming hot temperatures. The handsome-meets-utilitarian design is an added bonus. And for the copper connoisseurs out there, the M'passion and M'héritage lines have got that swoon-worthy, collector-ready shine.

Mauviel M'steel Splayed Curved Sauté Pan

Mauviel M'steel Splayed Curved Sauté Pan

From $60
Mauviel Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack & Rosle Flavor Injector

Mauviel Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack & Rosle Fl...

$160
Mauviel M'steel Paella Pan

Mauviel M'steel Paella Pan

$90
Mauviel M150c2 Copper 10.2" Fry Pan

Mauviel M150c2 Copper 10.2" Fry Pan

$175

emile henry

Since: 1850

A brief history: Another family run business, Emile Henry began in Burgundy, France and are known worldwide for their quality ceramic cookware. Their pieces are made of Burgundy clay, which comes from the same mineral-rich soil used to grow the region's famous wines.

Why we love them: The Burgundy clay diffuses heat evenly (especially useful when baking bread) and retains heat like a champ, so things will stay warm when they reach your table. And reach your table they will: the glossy, deep navy finish and graceful curves (we're especially drooling over that tagine) are too pretty to keep back in the kitchen. Another fun fact: Emile Henry pieces can go directly from the freezer to the oven—they're incredibly resistant to thermal shock.

Emile Henry Ceramic Tagine

Emile Henry Ceramic Tagine

$180
Emile Henry Ceramic Bread Cloche

Emile Henry Ceramic Bread Cloche

$130
Emile Henry Ceramic Pizza Stone

Emile Henry Ceramic Pizza Stone

$60
Emile Henry Ceramic Cheese Fondue Set

Emile Henry Ceramic Cheese Fondue Set

$130

maison boissier

Since: 1827

A brief history: Maison Boissier opened up in the 1820s on the outskirts of Place de l'Etoile in Paris, now known as the Place Charles de Gaulle, where twelve of Paris' major avenues meet at the Arc de Triomphe. A "Boissier" was a shop where one could stop and stock up on delicacies, and there was one on every major avenue. Today, the shop keeps the long tradition of French candy and chocolate-making alive while constantly incorporating contemporary style and flavors.

Why we love them: Maison Boissier's candies are a favorite gift of ours to give—the pretty vintage-style packaging is like a present in and of itself. The confections inside aren't your typical grocery shelf selection, from smooth, fruity pearls, to whimsical and nostalgic hard candies.

Parisian Hard Candies

Parisian Hard Candies

$20
Parisian Froufrous Candies

Parisian Froufrous Candies

$20
Mini Sucre D'Orge

Mini Sucre D'Orge

$22
Assorted Fruit Flavored Parisian Hard Candies

Assorted Fruit Flavored Parisian Hard Candies

$36

staub

Since: 1974

A brief history: The Alsace region has a celebrated culinary history, combining both French and German influences. Hearty, pork-filled stews are a staple of Alsatian cuisine, often made in one sturdy pot. Francis Staub set out to make the perfect pot for this tradition in an old artillery factory—and the first Staub cocotte was born. The first of millions of cast iron pots to come.

Why we love them: An incredible amount of work goes into creating each piece of Staub cookware, and the durability in our kitchens prove it. From the classic cocotte to the adorable rice cooker, Staub is built to last through many meals, and maybe even a few gallant attempts at bacheofe

Staub Perfect Pan with Glass Lid, 4.5QT

Staub Perfect Pan with Glass Lid, 4.5QT

$229
Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker

Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker

From $149
Staub Round Double Handle Pure Grill Pan, 10"

Staub Round Double Handle Pure Grill Pan, 10"

$99
Staub Essential French Oven, 3.75QT

Staub Essential French Oven, 3.75QT

$199

opinel

Since: 1890

A brief history: The Opinels were blacksmiths spanning several generations in the tiny village of Albiez-le-Vieux in the French Alps. The gradual industrialization of France throughout the 19th century introduced new manufacturing techniques that made hand-performed metalwork less common. Although his traditional father poo-pooed the advent of this machine-driven work, Josef Opinel embraced these modern technologies. He experimented on his own time, eventually settling on a simple pocket knife to put into small-scale production. The Opinel knife was born!

Why we love them: We keep finding new ways to use our Opinel corkscrew knife, so we're never without it (there's a reason its called a pocket knife). Cutting watermelon at a picnic, saving the day when your hotel room doesn't have a corkscrew, breaking down boxes, whittling an animal figurine, you name it. The carbon steel blade lasts forever, and the patina it develops will make you feel pretty badass.

Opinel Essential Kitchen Knives Set

Opinel Essential Kitchen Knives Set

From $39
Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew Folding Knife

Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew Folding Knife

$30
Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife Set

Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife Set

$49
Opinel Olive Wood Table Knives (Set of 4)

Opinel Olive Wood Table Knives (Set of 4)

$59

peugeot

Since: 1810

A brief history: Peugeot began by manufacturing saw blades, which were quickly recognized as stronger and longer-lasting than any of their competitors. By 1840, Peugeot was making coffee grinders using advances in the same technology, and in 1874 their first pepper grinder—the Z model—was put on the market.

Why we love them: When we think peppermill, we think Peugeot. Nothing compares to its classic, curvaceous design—and whether we want a coarse covering or a fine dusting of pepper, Peugeot nails it every time. They've added tons of modern designs and finishes to their canon—a particular favorite around here is the sleek brushed stainless steel pair.

Peugeot Paris Chef USelect Stainless Steel Pepper & Salt Mills

Peugeot Paris Chef USelect Stainless Steel Pepper & Salt ...

From $50
Peugeot Olivier Roellinger Pepper Mill

Peugeot Olivier Roellinger Pepper Mill

$100
Peugeot Paris USelect Pepper & Salt Mills

Peugeot Paris USelect Pepper & Salt Mills

From $42
Peugeot Silver-Plated Pepper & Salt Mills

Peugeot Silver-Plated Pepper & Salt Mills

$150

pillivuyt

Since: 1818

A brief history: In the Sancerre region, the Pillivuyt brothers purchased a brick factory, but instead started making porcelain for the everyday household. By the 1850s, Pillivuyt had won several design awards and was the chosen porcelain for many royal homes. Pillivuyt creates its own porcelain compound on-site, one of the few porcelain makers to do so, and is one of the last companies where the entire manufacturing process takes place in France.

Why we love them: While we appreciate color and modern design, sometimes we want something completely, simply classic for our homes. Pillivuyt porcelain's clean, bright white cake stands, casseroles, and roasters come out of the cabinet when we need a breath of fresh air.

Pillivuyt Patisserie Footed Cake Stand

Pillivuyt Patisserie Footed Cake Stand

$99
Pillivuyt Eden Individual Casseroles, White (Set of 2)

Pillivuyt Eden Individual Casseroles, White (Set of 2)

$52
Toulouse Square & Rectangular Baker Set

Toulouse Square & Rectangular Baker Set

$125
Elongated Serving Platter

Elongated Serving Platter

$102

french vintage

Vintage French Green Canning Jar

Vintage French Green Canning Jar

$44
Vintage French Champagne Bucket

Vintage French Champagne Bucket

$90
Vintage French Bell-Shaped Glass Jars

Vintage French Bell-Shaped Glass Jars

From $30
Vintage French Glass Ice Bucket

Vintage French Glass Ice Bucket

$70
Vintage Silver-Plated French Flatware (Set of 4)

Vintage Silver-Plated French Flatware (Set of 4)

From $60
Mixed Vintage French Shallow Bowls (Set of 4)

Mixed Vintage French Shallow Bowls (Set of 4)

$100
Vintage French Aperitif Glasses (Set of 2)

Vintage French Aperitif Glasses (Set of 2)

$48
Vintage French Oyster Basket

Vintage French Oyster Basket

$90
Vintage French Silver Knife (Set of 2)

Vintage French Silver Knife (Set of 2)

$48
Vintage French Silverplated Ladle

Vintage French Silverplated Ladle

$59
Vintage Stoneware Bottle

Vintage Stoneware Bottle

$50
Vintage Glass Jam Jars

Vintage Glass Jam Jars

From $42

french-inspired

French Market Basket

French Market Basket

$60
French Rolling Pin

French Rolling Pin

$84
Extra-Large French Market Storage Basket

Extra-Large French Market Storage Basket

$70
French Herb Wreath

French Herb Wreath

$60

cook like the french

Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food, Signed Copy

Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food, Signed Copy

$30
My Paris Kitchen, Signed Copy

My Paris Kitchen, Signed Copy

$35
La Vie Rustic: Cooking and Living in the French Style, Signed Copy

La Vie Rustic: Cooking and Living in the French Style, Si...

$35
A Kitchen in France

A Kitchen in France

$40

Got any favorite French brands or companies? Let us know in the comments.

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