The other week I stumbled upon Hexagone, a French lifestyle concept store, which recently opened adjacent to Camden Passage in Islington.
Named after the geometrical shape of the France, Hexagone was born out of a desire to create an inventory of iconic French brands that have survived the passage of time as well as a handpicked selection of products that celebrate the country design, heritage and craftsmanship.
Over the past year, the founders have searched all over France, scouting for regional handcraft techniques and ethical standards. They have sourced a unique and exclusive range of products mostly manufactured by small and independent houses, dating back decades if not centuries. Each brand comes with its own story and reflects France, its people, culture and identity.
The intimate and eclectic selection is displayed in six categories (like the hexagon) – home, beauty, drugstore, stationary, accessories and kids. Products include: Jieldé lamps, icons of the french industrial art; scented candles from Cire Trudon, the oldest candle-maker in the world; Opinel knives famously used for sculpting by Pablo Picasso; riders’ boots from cultural heritage listed La Botte Gardiane; ethical fashion accessories from Veja; ceramics from Atelier Buffile; colourful illustrations from Jean Julien and art pieces from metal magician Vox Populi. Plus much more besides.
While speaking to one of the founders, I was told ‘Hexagone is not simply about trends. It’s a mindset that involves thinking about quality, durability and timelessness. It’s about objects that leave footprints on the memory. Customers are increasingly interested in the provenance of their products and Hexagone aims to offer a slice of authentic French heritage to bring home.’