It all began with a passion, the passion of a family for China. Jacques Dautresme was a tireless master mariner in merchant shipping. From the 1930s, he developed a fascination for the forgotten treasures of the Middle Kingdom. His nephew, François, a talented photographer, aesthete and trailblazer, decided to revive the traditions of ancient know-how from Asia by opening a shop in Paris, a showcase to capture the poetry in everyday life. It was a concept store before the term was coined. This was in 1965.
In 2011, the Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine gained a new lease of life through Laurent Dumas, a businessman with a passion for art. Fascinated by the magic of this legendary company, he turned it into a contemporary life style brand. As artistic director, he appointed Valérie le Héno, who brought the brand a new and unique sense of style, merging French lifestyle chic with exacting, meticulous craftsmanship from Asia.
The Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine has maintained its Asian heritage to remain an address of choice for all who love travel, art and handicrafts.