Founded by Primo Zélanti in 1956 in Digoin, in the south of Burgundy, this small family business manufactures old-fashioned work clothes and everyday clothing from yesteryear. His son Jean-Charles Zélanti, who took over the reins of the factory in 1988, liked to say: “My father wanted to register the L'Agriculteur brand, but it was already taken, so he chose Le Laboureur”.
The factory owes much of its fame to the manufacture of corporate clothing (largeots, coltins) in velvet, thick moleskin or mixed linen/cotton that the companion houses impose on their apprentice carpenters-roofers, stonemasons or even carpenters in the pure respect for the tradition of know-how of yesteryear.
Today, after a change of management, the family business, with around thirty people, continues to produce quality clothing made in the old-fashioned way in Digoin, without changing direction.
THE GARDIANE BOOT
Since 1958, in Aigues-Vives in the Gard hinterland, La Botte Gardiane has been manufacturing shoes and leather items initially intended for gardians, and individuals seeking authenticity and true French quality know-how. , recognized by obtaining the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label in 2007. It is today one of the only French companies that still manufactures everything in its workshop and sources its supplies locally from the highest quality tanneries.
Founded in 1844 by Adolphe Lafont, this Lyon factory is one of the emblematic French brands of work clothing. It owes its notoriety in part to the overalls (work pants to which a bib was added), the initial model of which, the 406 coat, is still in the Lafont catalog more than 100 years after its creation. Bought in 2016 by Cepovett, the French leader in professional clothing, the company wishes to modernize the lines while drawing on the brand's heritage, like the reissue of the 406 overalls.
Perceval is the unusual story of a Parisian star chef, Yves Charles, who wanted a table knife that met his demands. Persevering, in 2005 he bought the Perceval workshop which had been created 9 years earlier by Eric Perceval. Since then, Perceval table knives have been found on the most beautiful bistronomy tables. “French” closures are prized by collectors for the high-end quality of its noble materials.
LABOR AND WAIT
Store founded in 2000 in the heart of the Shoreditch district of London. From hardware to clothing, Labor & Wait offers a wide selection of timeless products with functional designs, appropriate for a traditional or contemporary environment. A simple and honest approach to design, where quality and utility are intrinsic.