Pamplemousse peluches : a family affair made in France
This blog post is about a fur farm. But not any fur farm. The ideal one where the only animals you will find are 100% happy bears, rabbits and hedgehogs made with a gorgeous type of faux fur. We chatted with Laurent from Pamplemousse Peluches, owner of that faux fur farm lost in the french countryside and talked about texture, creativity and his passion for craftsmanship.
Laurent, you just created Pamplemousse, a beautiful brand of handcrafted teddy bears made with faux fur. How is this material so enjoyable for the children ?
The texture is incredibly gentle and soft very close to the fur of an animal… Children love this warm feeling, they feel more secure when their mother is not around. in addition this material is suitable for children and meets EU highest standards of safety. Beyond all that we are very happy to work with such a life saving fabric. Our friends animals deserve this.
You’ve been an engineer for years. What made you change your direction so you became a creator of stuffed animals ?
Indeed I have an engineer background ! But I’ve always been attracted by handcraft and art. So when my sister told me about the opportunity to create a teddy bear company in 2015, I understood it was the right time to live this dream of mine.
Where do you find that amazing faux fur ?
We have a high end position so we needed to find a luxurious type of fur. After multiple research my sister Sophie in charge of the creative part, found an internationally renowned supplier in the faux fur sector. Their faux furs are outstanding and are used by top fashion houses like Gucci or Givenchy.
What are the artisanal manufacturing techniques used by your team ?
It is very diverse and the engineer I once was can tell you about the complexity of creating a teddy bear ! to make things simple : you need to cut the material, create the embroidery, sewing, stuffing, brushing and finishing touches before the final quality check. I need to specify that the embroidery is genuine (no glued patch) so it is safer for the children. We are a team of 5 people in our own atelier located in an ancient XIX century stable. This is such a great beautiful symbol that a farm once full of real animals is now the home of stuffed faux fur teddy bears ! It’s a magical story.
Do you have positive responses so far ?
Customers reviews are extraordinary. We’ve been receiving lots of encouragements especially when people realize our products are 100% made in France. Our participation to the Maison & Objet fair last september was such a huge success. After 5 days we where exhausted but refilled with positive energy. More specifically, beautiful french brands with an history are interested by our work. But I can not tell you right now. be patient !
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