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French Blue

Beyond Compare: French Blue


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.

 

French Blue

 

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 Fox’s Lair

A luxurious lair: The Fox’s Lair


The Fox’s Lair is a fantastic little gift boutique with artistic, vintage and quirky finds, tucked around the corner from Café Metro at 121 Papanui Road.

 

The Fox’s Lair

 

Owners Selma and Marie are all about supporting small NZ businesses and upcoming local artists as well as ethically importing select wares. The result is a treasure trove containing unique art, homewares and jewellery – all very affordably priced.
New Zealand treasures include quirky hand-painted ceramics, Moth brand bags and purses, cruelty-free body products made from natural ingredients, plus one-off gemstone and recycled jewellery pieces handcrafted right here in Christchurch. Imported wares range from beautifully scented candles made in Australia, to soft and luxurious alpaca scarves from Ecuador, and even English-made traditional Heron Cross Pottery.

 


For a diverse range of easy gift options, a variety of gorgeous things to beautify the home, or that special something customers can spoil themselves with, it’s bound to be found at The Fox’s Lair. Follow on Facebook for new arrivals, www.facebook.com/foxslairchch.