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Demand excellence! Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant: exceptional French know-how

Do you know what Chanel, Dior, Christofle, Baccarat, Van Cleef & Arpels, Ladurée, Guerlain and the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris have in common? All these prestigious houses have received the “EPV” (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant – Living Heritage Company) label from the French State. This distinction recognises French businesses whose know-how achieves excellence, bringing together producers who are attached to obtaining the highest levels of performance in their trade and their products.

Are you a private individual looking for top-of-the-line products and services? Are you a professional looking for the finest materials and the best tools for your products? Do you admire “made in France” craftsmanship and the wealth of France’s manufacturing heritage?

The Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) are your indispensable address book. In all fields dealing with tradition or state-of-the-art techniques, they have one talent in common – offering customised services and items found nowhere else.

The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label was set up by the French government in 2006 to recognise French companies with excellent artisanal and industrial expertise.

Epv-labelled SMEs are characterised by their specific economic heritage; their use of unique expertise, employing traditional or highly technical production methods; and their reputation or seniority.

The label is granted for a five-year period and brings together exceptional French manufacturers. For the first time, companies have access to a government awarded distinction that recognizes their entire activity, because this label is awarded to the company itself, thus rewarding its staff too.

There are currently over a thousand EPV companies showcasing French know-how in such emblematic sectors as the arts of the table, gastronomy, culture & leisure, decoration, professional equipment, fashion & beauty and built heritage.

The EPV Label now includes over 1,340 businesses, including over 300 working in the fields of decoration. French excellence is on show, combining tradition, innovation, know-how, creation, work and passion.


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