1. Grandpa’s "Charentaises" slippers are definitely up-to-the-minute.
Far from being old-fashioned, “Charentaises” (slippers) are a safe bet for keeping warm this winter. Given a new lease of life by a handful of Nouvelle-Aquitaine brands, these regionally-made slippers are now exported around the globe! Proof that this light, warm and natural (100% virgin wool) product is at the cutting edge of fashion trends.
2. The beret adored by stars
Among the top-ranking, must-haves this winter is the beret! Laulhère has been making berets in the heart of the Pyrénées since 1840. 100% pure French craftsmanship, embracing ancestral know-how and modernity. These creations enchanted some of the world’s most renowned figures, from Che Guevara to Rihanna, Madonna and Emma Watson. An authentic symbol of France to keep your ideas warm and cosy when snow-time comes around!
3. Snug socks
It goes without saying: winter makes our feet cold! To remedy this bane, nothing could be better than a great pair of socks. But not just any old ones. Broussaud not far from Limoges has been making 100% French socks since 1938. As well as being really snug, they’re now can’t-do-without fashion accessories. Among its prestigious customers, the little Limousin business supplies Jean-Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney and works hand-in-hand with Stromae for the launch of his first line of clothing.
4. Down jacket, a loyal friend
Pyrenex: “the manufacture of lightness since 1859”, invites you to discover its feather and down jackets of the most exceptional quality infused with traditional know-how, lightness and high-design. A product 100% made in their historic facility in the Landes. Perfect for facing even the coldest winters fearlessly.
Hey…! If ever you prefer “hibernation” style, Pyrenex also makes quilts and pillows!
5. A heart-warming herbal tea
If in spite of your Made in Nouvelle-Aquitaine slippers, socks, down jacket, gloves and beret you feel a bit of a cold coming on, we’ve discovered a magical recipe in Saint-Augustin, in the Millevaches Regional Nature Park. Jean MAISON, ORGANIC herbal tea creator at the Comptoir de l’Herboristerie has concocted an aptly-named stimulating, heart-warming herbal tea: “A vos souhaits” (Bless you)! Borage, mallow, elderflower, peppermint and lavender to use to prevent or soothe a cold with a dash of honey.
6. Honey from the South-West
To go with your herbal tea, your cakes and your toasted breads, we recommend you taste honey from Essaim de la Reine. 100% South-West of France origin, beehives are located mainly in Périgord and close to Bordeaux. The specific characteristics of the honey are the fruit of family know-how since 1970 and modern beekeeping committed to nature and its preservation. Essaim de la Reine honey is not processed, is conservative-free, additive-free.
7. Care products to pamper your skin
If ever there is a season when skin is mistreated by the cold, by dampness and temperature variations, then it’s got to be winter. To remedy this, La Roche Posay Laboratories , located in Vienne have concocted a dedicated care range: LIPIKAR. Perfect for enjoying winter thoroughly!
To find out more about these products, why not head off on a trip to discover the places they’re made in. A host of touristic discoveries await you!