The start of our business started with an idea back in the summer of 2006 when Dawn and Colin decided to take a sabbatical from their careers in the UK. Uprooting the family and setting off for our new life and adventure in Brittany, France. It was here we had our maison secondaire; an 1850s Presbytere. We were all very excited to continue our love affair with all things French.
We arrived in the August for the start of what turned out to be the best experience a family could wish for, spending 24/7 quality time with the ones you love. We had holidayed many a year in France, but it’s not until you live there and fully integrate that you really can appreciate the culture, people and their traditions. Our family home was in need of a renovation after lying empty for many years. So we commenced the work in earnest, sympathetically restoring or replacing original features, furnishing the property with original French furniture and textiles.
For centuries the region of Brittany was also an area where linen flax was cultivated, prepared into yarns and woven into fabrics and exported worldwide. The climate in Brittany is ideal for growing flax, with it’s cooler climate and deep fertile soil. This also proved perfect for our vegetables as our potager began to establish itself.
We spent many weekends wandering through the local antique markets, where many old French linen fabrics and garments were for sale. We couldn’t help but appreciate the quality of these fabrics. This is where the love for French linen truly started.
We now reside in Adelaide, Australia and our new journey has begun. We will be offering quality products designed in Adelaide made from high quality linen sourced in France.