The Christmas gift guide for Francophiles

Few days ago I went to the Distillery Christmas market and realized that Christmas will be upon us in 38 days… yes, they put a huge countdown at the entrance and you cannot miss it!!! As you read these words, you have even less time left so it’s time for you to think about gifts. If you have Francophiles around, this gift guide is going to help you.

Ma P’tite Culotte, women’s lingerie

Offering a new set of lingeries to a woman you love is always a good idea. Ma P’tite Culotte is a French brand that offers an optimistic and enthusiastic line of lingeries. For her last collection, Charline Goutal decided to create pieces that correspond to women’s moods.

Available on Ma Ptite Culotte website

Le Slip Français, French underpants

The founders of this underwear brand believe that companies can no longer just be economic forces with a narrow sense of purpose; they must, instead, define and pursue certain values. Their definition of success includes the well-being of those around them and the sustainability of their business: “You want to change the world? Start by changing your briefs.”

Available on Le Slip Français website

MAGNETHIK ethical handbags

MAGNETHIK is a brand founded by Fabienne Pomi, a French, vegan fashion lover who offers made in France and vegan handbags. All the pieces are made without any animal products and according to an ecological and ethical process. MAGNETHIK has been voted “Best Fashion Novelty” by the PETA association in 2016.

Available at Importation Lou

Chapon chocolates

Patrice Chapon is one of seven French bean-to-bar chocolate makers. His know-how is internationally recognized — he just got two awards from Salon du Chocolat in Paris.

Available on Chapon website and in Toronto at McEwan Don Mills and TD Centre Location.

Red wine

A Francophile will always appreciate a glass of good red wine. This gift is probably the safest — you cannot go wrong with it. If you feel like offering a bottle of red wine to one of your relatives, I recommend this bottle of Château Vignot Saint Emilion, 2009. It goes perfectly with cheese.

Available at LCBO

Ministry of Tomorrow Debuts Premier Luxury Vegan Unisex Bag Collection

The Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) has launched their debut collection of premier luxury, vegan, unisex bags. MOT’s flagship production facility, located in Nairobi, Kenya, just outside of Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, is Africa’s newest fashion house.

The company recruited highly skilled tailors who reside in Kibera and offered them fare wage jobs to work with high quality sustainable materials such as Italian and Japanese animal free leather, 100% certified eco-material and fair trade cotton from India, and low impact dyes acceptable for use with organic textiles.

After several years of perfecting design, production, and eco-material sourcing, MOT’s factory in Nairobi produces luxury bags that are on par with Milan’s notables with a new twist.

“We design and produce eco-luxury bags for a new audience of conscious consumers. Social, environmental, and animal rights activism is at the core of our brand. Our bags are produced with respect for the earth and care for animals and the people who are involved at each step of the production” said Julian Prolman, founder and president of the Ministry of Tomorrow.

MOT launched its classic collection with four original designs that include a portfolio, briefcase, cross-body, and a backpack that are available in two elegant vegan black leather options. The bags are masterfully crafted with a minimalist exterior and a wild Afro-funk Maasai warrior mask pattern interior.

“We have a new story for the fashion world. This is more than fashion, it’s an awakening, a new way of doing business that empowers people and protects animals and the planet” said Prolman.

The new collection retails from $395 to $895 and can be purchased online directly from the company at www.ministryoftomorrow.com

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