Through their extensive expertise, these establishments embody and perpetuate the region's culture and vast heritage while also generating renown well beyond Burgundy's borders. You'll discover here a few of the factories, companies and stores that are so emblematic of Saône-&-Loire and representative of outstanding local craftsmanship. These establishments eagerly invite you to discover their talents and their production.
Perrin hosiery plant in Montceau-les-Mines
Awarded the "Living Heritage Company" label (distinguishing French companies dedicated to promoting artisanal expertise and high-quality output) and installed in Montceau-les-Mines for nearly a century, the Perrin hosiery plant manufactures high-end stockings and socks distributed under the brands "Berthe Aux Grands Pieds", "Dagobert à l'envers" and "La chaussette française".
An on-site factory outlet sales room proposes socks and pantyhose stemming for the company's various collections, along with a number of textile products made in France, like Saint James knitted garments, le Slip French (underwear), Gauthier shirts and Gohia scarves.
The Dufoux Chocolate House in Charolles
Also awarded the "Living Heritage Company" label, this venerable chocolate-maker (created in 1960) proposes instructional tastings and "chocolate-making classes" on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Moreover, you'll find a number of other Dufoux shops throughout the region, in La Clayette, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles, Mâcon as well as further afield in Dijon and Lyon.
To learn more: http://www.chocolatsdufoux.com
Edito Cigars made at La Chapelle-de-Guinchay
Set up in a sumptuous 13th-century castle in the town of La Chapelle-de-Guinchay, between Burgundy and Beaujolais, the French Edito Cigar factory organises group visits (min. group size of 10) of the facility, to discover the art of cigar manufacturing French style in the purest of traditions and in complete respect of the product.
To learn more: http://www.cigares-edito.com
The TOLIX plant in Autun
Founded in 1927 by a visionary entrepreneur and national pioneer in galvanisation, the TOLIX Factory, which produces chairs and utilitarian furnishings made of galvanised metal, is creator of the "Model A" chair (recognized as an icon of the industrial aesthetic). This prosperous company generates half its sales revenue on the export market (notably the United States) and received its "Living Heritage Company" label in 2006.
The in-company Tolix store sells a large selection of its products. Exceptional factory outlet sale at the beginning of July (held for the 3rd time in 2017).
To learn more: http://www.tolix.fr/index.php?page=welcome
The NEYRAT workshop-retail outlet in Autun
Specialised in umbrella production since 1852 with… 150 million models sold, the NEYRAT workshop-store welcomes curious onlookers and customers at 19 rue de l'Arquebuse.
To learn more: https://www.neyrat.fr/
The Emile Henry factory store in Marcigny
A renowned manufacturer specialised in culinary ceramics and recipient of the "Living Heritage Company" accolade. On-site shop. Two major sales events held annually.
To learn more: http://www.emilehenry.com/fr/en/
The history of this revered earthenware institution dates back to… 1844. This Charolles workshop, specialised in high-end ceramic decorative objects (winner of the "Living Heritage Company" award), welcomes visitors into its factory outlet store every day of the week and moreover hosts an annual clearance sale in July.
To learn more: http://www.fdcfrance.com/en/
The Digoin factory
Specialised in manufacturing culinary and horticultural stoneware, the Digoin factory is a magnificent site built in 1875, with a number of machines from that period still present. Open to onlookers, provided they have signed up for a guided tour (upon appointment, minimum group size of 10), ready to be thrilled by the step-by-step stoneware production process (drying, enamelling, baking).
Founded in the 18th century and renowned the world over for its expertise, the Digoin earthenware facility is a large factory outlet store carrying stacks and stacks of white glazed ceramic dishes, with coloured embossing or decorations. Good deals (especially second-hand items) await those interested in expanding their collections.
The Seb Group in Tournus
World leader in the market for small household appliances, the Seb Group, started up in Burgundy in 1944, holds clearance sales for products from its flagship brands (e.g. Téfal, Moulinex, Calor, Rowenta) that display minor defects in their appearance or else remain unsold from previous collections.
Here's an opportunity to take advantage of attractive prices on many articles (pie moulds, frying pans, casseroles, etc.). Keep in mind that two discount sales are organised every year for even better deals.
Jardin de France perfumery in Bourbon-Lancy
Created in 1920, Jardin de France has been a major player in France's artisanal perfume sector for a very long time. Inspired by the major Parisian producers, all fragrances on display here have been conceived by an in-house perfumer. This "nose" of the perfume manufacturing process, Justine Brivet, designs formulas that combine a rigorous selection of raw materials with the uniquely personal touch of emotion stimulation.
The company presently exports its values and talents to all corners of the globe and moreover proposes scent workshops open to all (individuals and professionals) to experience an extraordinary olfactory and emotional journey.
Annual sale held the 1st weekend of December.
To learn more: https://www.jardindefrance.fr