Holidays may have been put on hold and borders may be closed for the time being, but you don’t have to travel the world to get a hold of some of its greatest treasures. We caught up with Catherine Matthews, owner of French Blue, to find out her instore recommendations.
All the way from Mexico; calf skin tote bags and glassware are a popular pick.
Make your way over to Europe with French linen and linen tea towels then pop on over to Portugal with Rua Nova tableware.
A lovely rack of Ilse Jacobsen coats, raincoats and wind jackets from Denmark hang front and centre.
And it wouldn’t be a gift guide without recommending their assortment of gift cards.
Who said you just had to visit French Blue to purchase gifts for others… treat yourself.
It’s almost impossible not to discover the perfect present amongst the carefully selected collection of stylish homeware, gifts and jewellery at French Blue.
From beautiful Israeli jewellery, stunning handmade Italian scarves and Swedish rugs, to Mexican outdoor pots, French confit pots and European table linen, owner Catherine Matthews always keeps her eyes peeled for gorgeous, high-quality products.
“We also have gorgeous silk and cotton scarves from Amsterdam, handcrafted European ceramics, unique Danish toys, French espadrilles and a variety of luxury toiletries, including soaps, hand creams, candles and diffusers.”
The store’s selection of beautiful interior décor and food cuisine books make for ideal Christmas gifts for hard-to-buy-for family members or friends. For that special je ne sais quoi, French Blue abounds with tempting gift ideas.
Located in Elmwood Village, visit French Blue at 9a Normans Road, or phone 355 7545 for more information.
A visit to French Blue in Normans Road feels like a little sojourn through some of the loveliest spots of Europe. Here is a gift boutique where rarity and quality are paramount to owner Catherine Matthews.
With Christmas but days away, French Blue offers the opportunity to gift loved ones with something that is distinctive, exceptional and beyond compare. If handmade, handstitched, delicate creations are something you value, then some darling Christmas angels, made by Angela Gordon, will be delightful additions to your Christmas theme at home, as would be any of the exquisite Christmas decorations on display. With jewellery from Mexico, Israel, France, Spain and Italy, there is a gorgeous array of bijoux ranging from necklaces and pendants through to bangles, bracelets, earrings and rings.
The Italian leatherware (wallets, card holders, notebooks, etc) is heaven to stroke, and the colours are muted, gentle, yet so very sophisticated. Women will adore the selection of linen, cashmere and silk scarves from Italy and Amsterdam, and French Market Baskets from Morocco will add that splash of dash. Dress your dining-room with the finest linen, place Swedish candlesticks as your centrepiece and finish with some Polish, English or Spanish tableware.
Should you be the designated person preparing Christmas dinner, treat yourself to a set of handmade kitchen knives by Peter Lorimer and work will seem a pleasure. Once your guests have left, luxuriate in a bath with French or Italian soaps, and light your scented candle from Cornwall. Bliss.
The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss.
Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village scenes. And stylish Italian scarves are of linens, cashmere and modal.
Hand-selected raincoats, by Ilse Jacobsen of Denmark, are practical but feminine investment pieces. Heavier-weight, washable, water-repellent jackets are ultra-warm as are the quilted coats. In contrast, the shell and feather-down jackets are super light. Colours range from mustard, taupe and French pink to inky-hued navy. Shaped to fashionably flatter, the detailing is divine.
Other gifts for mums are beautiful interior books, handmade European jewellery, candles and French soaps in glamorous scents such as cassis and mistral – or why not gift champagne or prosecco gummies in a classic little lolly jar?