Quoi de neuf: shopping in June 2018
New products, designs and ideas from around France
Riding a legend
Iconic French manufacturer Peugeot has launched a new range of ‘Legend’ bicycles, inspired by the styling of the brand’s iconic models. Intended for all the family, the collection combines the look and feel of retro bikes with comfort and reliability – and affordability.
The design of the frames and the timeless black and white chequered detail bring to mind the legendary Peugeot bicycles built during a history stretching back over 130 years.
Designed first and foremost for urban use, the collection is made up of four different styles: Fixie, Urban, Road and City. The Junior collection offers a stylish introduction to cycling for children aged two to six.
Available in white, orange or green, the Legend LC01 D7 retails at €499, while the Fixie Urban costs €599. Lightweight and robust children’s bikes, with an aluminium frame and V-Brakes to ensure maximum safety, from €179.
Diffusing flower power
Perfume house Sevessence has launched its first consumer collection of diffusers for the home. The Fine Home Fragrances are already available in 15ml and 100ml sprays and are made exclusively from raw natural plant extracts enriched with essential oils.
The collection, which is all-natural and organic, was created by the company’s ‘Nose’, Jean-Charles Sommerard, is fully French-made, and distributed in pharmacies, parapharmacies, stores and department stores as well as the online shops and the website. 30ml costs €19,50.
Huile meet again
When, in Summer 2014, a shepherd in a lost valley at Prato di Giovellina in the foothills of Corsica’s Monte Cinto massif, revealed that endemic varieties of olive trees had been planted by his ancestors, the time was right to launch a new olive oil in the Château NasicA domaine.
The success of the new generation of oils since has been remarkable – not only is it used by some of the top chefs in France, but its has an AOP label and is found in some of the finest épiceries in Paris. €13 for a 25cl bottle.
The butterfly jewel effect
Inspired by nature and visits to Latin America by its founder Magalie Maxit, Aponi is an eco-friendly jewellery brand with a unique nature preservation ethos.
Endangered butterflies from farms governed by CITES (International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Peru live their natural cycle before they fall to the ground and are collected.
They are then sold to ensure the financing of the farms, before innovative preservation techniques maintain the butterfly’s colourful wings – which are then used to produce a range of necklaces, rings and bracelets.