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French Excellence


Featuring 12 French Living Heritage Companies

Friday, September, 27th 2013 Bryant Park Hotel 40 W 40th St , New York

UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Office in North America is thrilled to announce a special presentation to the trade of 12 French companies that were awarded the prestigious label EPV (Living Heritage Company). This prestigious label is a mark of recognition given by the French Government to French companies for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills. We invite you to come and meet them personally on Friday September 27th from 11am to 4pm, before their exhibition on Taste of France, open to the public on Saturday September 28th and Sunday September 29th. Please browse through this catalog and discover each one of the selected companies participating in this B2B event. To make an appointment, please click here.


About us

Friday, September, 27th 2013 Bryant Park Hotel 40 W 40th St , New York

UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Office, accompanies French companies in their international business development. It is a key force for French exports with the support of France’s Ministry of Commerce. UBIFRANCE promotes French products and savoir-faire, and puts French-based professionals in contact with their international counterparts. UBIFRANCE North America benefits from a multicultural team of close to 100 export professionals based within 9 sites: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) – Living Heritage Company – was set up by the French government in 2006 to recognize French companies with excellent artisanal and industrial expertise. The label is granted for a five-year period and brings together exceptional French manufacturers. EPV companies are unique because they successfully combine tradition and innovation, expertise and creation, work and passion, the past and the future, international- and local-orientation. They have an eye for detail – they know how to tame a material, they perform every gesture with care and they are all guided by the same conviction: the cult of value. Discover more : 3


Friday, September, 27th 2013 Bryant Park Hotel 40 W 40th St , New York

Art de Lys



Claude Dozorme



Couleurs de forge






De Buyer







leather goods


Le Lit National

home textiles


Marius Fabre



Santons Compana




metal furniture



wooden toys



Tapestry French Textile Inspiration … Tél. : +33 (0)3 20 75 42 10 Fax : +33 (0)3 20 75 20 74 San Francisco Création

CONTACT Nicolas BONTE Email:

ART DE LYS Art de Lys is based in the north of France, in the Flemish region, where the art of tapestry weaving has been carried out since the Middle Ages. With over 100 years of experience, Art de Lys creates, weaves and finishes a wide range of textile home accessories. Their workshops offer more than 250 tapestries (Prestige collection), many classical and traditional designs in the form of cushions, runners, table cloths (Tradition catalogue), as well as more contemporary accessories: cushions of all sizes, purses, bags and trays (Deco catalogue). 70% of their production is sold to the French retail trade (decoration shops, museum shops). They also have wholesalers in some countries. Art de Lys offers 2 « Deco » collections per year and regularly adds new items to their Tradition and Prestige lines. Specializing in custom made projects, with over 120 years of weaving experience, Art de Lys is known for its high quality tapestries and reliable company practice.


Cutlery : +33 (0)4 73 51 48 51 FrenchTél. Textile Inspiration …CONTACT Fax : 33 (0) Claudine DOZORME Email : San Francisco Création

CLAUDE DOZORME Founded in 1902 by Blaise Dozorme, called The Wolf, the Claude Dozorme brand is the signature of a long and up-to-date family tradition. The Claude Dozorme factory continues to create some of the world’s most daring and avant-garde cutlery. As an innovative brand that has always combined pure creation with the reinterpretation of classic forms, Claude Dozorme’s intention is to produce knives adapted to current syles while respecting the demands of Master Cutlery. Each knife in the Claude Dozorme collection is entirely manufactured by the factory and individually finished by hand.


Ironwork Tél. : +33 (0) 4 75 04 01 10 French Textile Inspiration … San Francisco Création


COULEURS DE FORGE Couleurs de Forge is one of very few companies to master the art of damask steel. (Damask steel is obtained by welding together alternate layers of different steels. The objects produced present “motifs” which can be brought out by either heat treatments or acid etching, where one type of steel is corroded by the acid, the other not.) Based on its own research into trade tools (hardware sent to the colonies or countries “under colonial influence” in the 17th and 18th centuries), Couleurs de Forge has developed a new five-knife collection entitled “Les Coureurs des Bois”. One central focus of the firm’s work is the incorporation of damask steel into traditional ironwork (furniture, candelabras, etc.). Couleurs de Forge products are sold at the Couleurs de Forge workshop and over the internet.


Cookware Textile Inspiration …CONTACT Samy ONSI Email : San Francisco Création Tél. : +33 (0) 05 63 72 64 00

CRISTEL CRISTEL has introduced a number of innovative concepts on the market that have been patented, as well as a number of models that have been filed, the latest of which, “Panoply”, has hanging bar fixing that can be adapted to users’ desires. In 2007, “Cookmobil” was released, offering some thirty adaptable options on 3 basic models of support bars. Among the many prizes and distinctions, Cristel received the "Trophy of luxury talents" in November 2007. Cristel has become a reference brand, sold in tableware boutiques, wedding lists, Cook-shop shops, specialists in kitchenware and household items, and department stores.


Cookware French Textile Inspiration … San Francisco Création Tél. : +33 (0)3 29 30 55 98


DE BUYER INDUSTRIES The de Buyer company was founded in 1830 and has been creating and manufacturing the best kitchen and pastry utensils for professionals. De Buyer offers over 3000 items : cookwares made of steel, stainless steel, copper and non stick aluminium, professional "Mandoline" slicers, silicone moulds, pastry utensils, etc. De Buyer continues today to draw upon their knowledge in an effort to provide superior quality and innovation in equipement for the professional and for the gourmet consumers.


Tabletop French Textile … Tél. : +1 (203)Inspiration 451 6713 San Francisco Création


DESHOULIÈRES Founded in 1826, the Deshoulières Group is today the leading French porcelain manufacturer, a specialist in tableware products. Inspired by trends from both interiors design and fashion, Deshoulieres deploys within the tabletop porcelain universe, a true and elegant spirit of the French style. The Deshoulieres group has 300 employees, working in 3 efficient and modern production plants located in France. Thanks to the use of authentic raw material combined with advanced technology and all the passion of the production team, they perpetuate ancestral and legendary techniques. All their products are in genuine Limoges porcelain; they are fired at very high temperatures that ensure the very high resistance to thermal and mechanical shocks.


Leather Goods French Textile Inspiration … Tél : +33 (0)5 49 24 19 93 San Francisco Création

CONTACT Christian BAUDOIN Email :

LAURIGE Laurige has been designing and making fine-leather office supplies, art bindings and stationery in their workshop since 1950. In 1998, Laurige expanded on its craftsmanship with a new partnership between Christian Baudoin and Willy Stevens. On 15th December 2008, Laurige was listed as a "Living Heritage company" for its skills in bookbinding and leather crafts. The creation of a new and unique innovative line of products allowed Laurige to develop and earn itself a competitive share of the market . By combining tradition and originality, Laurige has managed to make its mark and has become a brand of distinction.


Home Textiles FrenchTél.Textile Inspiration … : +33 (0)1 56 90 14 15 CONTACT San Francisco Création Fax : +33 (0)1 56 90 14 16 Marine GENE


LE LIT NATIONAL Founded in 1909, the company perpetuates the tradition of a hand-made and tailor-made work in its own workshops. The company has rare and complex know-how in manually making luxury beds (box springs, quilted back rests, woollen padded mattresses, horsehair-filled mattresses, etc.) For over 5 years, Le Lit National has been developing environmentally friendly products using natural raw material, untreated and with a low environmental impact, wool from France, poplar wood from Picardie, and 100% organic twill cotton. Its clientele consists mainly of private customers, along with some companies and institutions.


Soaps FrenchTél.Textile Inspiration …CONTACT : +33 (0) Fax : +33 (0) Céline SLOBODA San Francisco Création english/

MARIUS FABRE MARIUS FABRE, the soap maker, was founded in 1900 in Salon-deProvence. It is specialized in making Marseille soap and black olive soap. This family-run firm, where manufacturing secrets are passed down from generation to generation, is located in the historical soap making area of Marseille. The company’s rare know-how is a manufacturing process that was developed in the 17th century (Edict of Colbert, 1688). The term “Savon de Marseille” corresponds to a manufacturing method that can only take place in openair cauldrons, like those that can be seen in the “cauldron room” in the Savonnerie Marius Fabre. Made from carefully selected plant oils (notably olive oil), the soap is cooked for several days. This process guarantees an “Extra Pure” soap of great quality.


Figurines Tél. : +33 (0)4 91 70 08 37

CONTACT Textile Inspiration …Stéphane CAMPANA Email : San Francisco Création

SANTONS CAMPANA In the tradition of the santon-maker of Provence, Stephane Campana created an exquisite collection of entirely moulded clay santons figurines of 2 inches or 12 inches tall. Mr Campana pays great attention to the expressions and the accessories of these figures. While keeping the tradition alive, he is adding a modern touch by making santons of celebrities, or customized santons. The quality of a santon is measured by the variety and the expression of the faces, the details of the hands and the figurines movements rendition. Mr Campana is especially known for his exceptional biblical collection.


Metal Furniture : +33 (0)3 85 86Inspiration 96 70 FrenchTél. Textile … CONTACT Fax : +33 (0)3 85 86 96 71 Diane GERARDIN San Francisco Création Email :

TOLIX STEEL DESIGN Founded in 1930 in Autun, Burgundy, Tolix designs and manufactures galvanised metal furniture. Thanks to the solidity of this tubular furniture, whose special design is characteristic of the aesthetics of the 1930s and 1940s, the company has provided numerous towns with street furniture, and supplied schools, hospitals, bistrots, etc. Tolix develops its range of products in the service of industry and professional facilities and can handle any type of special orders. The use of machine tools is still complemented by manual know-how: stamping, welding, bending, assembling, brazing and painting. The avant-garde company innovates by also incorporating concrete into its designs


Wooden Toys FrenchTél.Textile Inspiration …CONTACT : +1 (914) 366 6636 Roland GAUTHIER San Francisco Création Email :

VILAC Set in the Jura, the historical birthplace of wood-turning and toy-making, Vilac specializes in the design and production of traditional lacquered-wood toys. The company offers a wide variety of designs in wood: its own creations, classic toys and board games, as well as toys designed by selected artists. All of its production is still carried out in the workshop according to traditional methods; in spite of the large production of certain products, Vilac continues to make the toys by using traditional technics, such as turning, polishing, jabbing, lacquering, pad printing and assemblying, all carried out by hand. Vilac toys are distributed exclusively through specialist retailers, department stores and designer stores.


French Textile Inspiration … San Francisco Création

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 Art de Vivre à La Francaise - October 30th – November 24th 2013, Los Angeles - Greystone Mansion

From November 2nd through 24th, France will share its Art de Vivre - the art of living - at the Designer Showcase House at the Historic Greystone Mansion, where the designs of more than 20 French companies selected by a special committee comprising the industry’s leading professional bodies will be staged on the Mansion’s first level in 3 distinct areas. Los Angeles based French designer François Jantzen will design luxurious and refined ambiances to create an original setting showcasing the French companies savoir-faire and excellence through their carefully chosen products. His inspiration will be drawn from his mentor as a special tribute to the legacy of an inescapable actor of interior design…To be revealed early September! Contact : Mrs. Elisabeth Leontieff-Hirshon Senior Manager Décor – Design – Luxury UBIFRANCE North America Phone: 212-400-2167 Follow us across the web : -

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