La Compagnie Française de l'Orient et de la Chine
Who we are
On the road of Marvels
TRAVEL TO THE HEART OF ASIA
Seeker of treasures and creative wonders, the Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine currently partners with 18 countries across Asia, renowned for their millennia-long expertise and savoir-faire in craftsmanship. The Maison offers a unique fusion of French art de vivre with Asian expertise that is meticulously executed and demands the highest level of skill. An understated, unpretentious luxury-style, that blends together influences, techniques and colours to enrich the beauty of life.
Time-perfected techniques, following the rhythm of the seasons between heaven and earth, give rise to the house’s unique creations, bringing together the worlds of art and craftsmanship. Perfect lacquer, exceptional ceramics, blown glass, Haute Couture weaving and textiles, fine furniture, designer pieces, ancestral basket-ware, exclusive fragrances, Grands Crus teas, sumptuous silk ... Through our concept stores we invite you on a journey to discover unique objects and creations that cannot be found anywhere else. Whether looking for a gift for a loved one or to treat yourself, you will be met with pure elegance and refinement at every stage, right down to the gift wrapping, the signature of our Maison.
A story of passion
THE DAUTRESME FAMILY, PASSIONATE VISIONARIES AND TRAVELLERS
At the root of this story is passion; a family’s passion for China and all the riches that the country entails. In the 1930s, Jacques Dautresme, tireless captain of overseas courier crossings was fascinated by the forgotten treasures of the Middle Kingdom. His nephew, Francis, a talented photographer, renowned aesthete and precursor, was equally inspired by the country and in 1965, decided to revive the millennia-long Asian savoir-faire by opening a concept store in Paris dedicated to the poetry of daily life.
In 2011 the Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine took a new turn on its journey, thanks to the arrival of Laurent Dumas; businessman, passionate collector of art, and president of Emerige; breathing new life into the brand with a contemporary lifestyle feel