Come and discover the capital's most famous glove maker during a walk in the heart of the Madeleine district.
What to Expect
First used as protection from the cold, over the centuries gloves have acquired symbolic importance in France's history. A symbol of loyalty, obedience and deference, during the Middle ages vassals would offer their gloves to the king as a sign of submission. In the western world, gloves became a luxury accessory prized among the nobility and during the Renaissance they became an essential sign of refinement. Usually made from leather or silk, gloves have over time been perfumed, embroidered, and long or short according to fashion.
This unique experience enables you to meet a renowned glove maker in her business situated in the Madeleine district. Although its production workshops are located in the provinces, this exchange will be a great opportunity for you to experience the master glove makers' expertise and to discover the different stages in the creation of the glove, using traditional tools, models, pictures and commentary by our artisan.
The proposed itinerary is structured around a walk in the Opera and Madeleine quarters. Your city guide will show you the great Haussmann boulevards, the mansions of which are classified as historic monuments. The walk will showcase the history of the district and the 19th century style Place Louis le Grand with its department stores. The history of the glove is put in an urban context.
- A guide with a history degree who knows almost everything about the city of lights
- Digital photo album
In front of la Comédie Française métro Palais Royal (lines 1,7)