imageAt 42 rue Bonaparte, the same street as Buly 1803, is another store that I try to visit when I’m in Paris – especially during the sales – Jules Pansu.  This is where you can find beautiful tapestry cushions, purses, wall hangings and other textiles, all proudly made in France since 1878. I always get compliments on my red Jules Pansu purse and I’m looking forward to seeing my new tapestry cushion on my favorite chair when I get home – that is, if the cat will let me sit there.

imageThe first Jules Pansu established a jacquard weaving facility in Halluin, in the Flanders region of France, with a sales office in Paris. Four generations later, the Pansu family is still balancing innovative designs with traditional weaving techniques. They have been awarded the prestigious designation Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France) not once, but twice. Not only can you find their products in their own boutique, but also in many museum and château gift shops for whom they make exclusive designs. In 2012, they were named an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant for excellence in craftsmanship.

imageThe name of the shop does, however, always make me smile. Pansu (pahn-sue) means “paunchy.” I always imagine a predecessor of Jules who had a rather big belly and the moniker stuck. I’m glad none of my ancestors caused me to suffer the same fate!


About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Pansu

  1. Norman Ball says:

    Patricia, this is a lovely blog and next time in Paris we’ll visit Pansu. Thanks so much. Now, if only we had more information on how to find more unusual French products in and around Paris. That could be by French companies or French regional items. Looking forward to more of your great finds.

  2. Frances Graef says:

    How delightful to find your post with pictures so superior to mine. My husband and I happened upon this lovely shop last Monday as we were trying to avoid the July 14 crowds (which we joined that night for the fireworks); it was my first visit, having it overlooked it on our many trips to Paris and to Rue de Bonaparte. I ended up with a lovely little deco-inspired handbag, and I made sure that my husband got all the pertinent contact information in hopes of receiving one of the wonderful pillow covers for Christmas or birthday. I couldn’t believe how reasonable the prices. Having somehow also missed Buly 1803, I’ll be sure to visit there when we return, thanks to your inviting coverage. Thank you!

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