You can continue shopping for fine household goods with Virebent porcelain. This has been made in the Lot département since 1924, and these days some young designers are in on the act.
In the heart of the Cahors vineyards, in the Lot valley, the medieval village of Puy-Levêque is home to the unassuming yet legendary Virebent factory. Established by a family of Toulouse architects and ceramists, it has always attracted the top talent of the day. For example, the square plates designed in the 1970s by René Berthoux for Virebent are now in the Musée d’Art Décoratif in Paris.
Virebent specialises in fine tableware and is one of the last French manufacturers to still be making small production batches of porcelain, stoneware and faïence. The finishes are added by hand on each individual item. These days, Virebent's stylish, plain white tableware has been joined by a range of elegant colours. The factory has its own design studio, calling on talented designers to create lines found in upmarket stores in Paris, New York, Boston, London and Tokyo.