Eight artisans from Colbert houses honored by the French Minister of Culture and Communication

Saluting their contribution to the renewal of French cultural heritage, the Minister of Culture and Communication, Audrey Azoulay, presented the insignia of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres to eight artisans from Colbert houses at an award ceremony held at the ministry on February 17. The recipients are:

Comité Colbert
Comité Colbert

Monique Bailly, chief designer and seamstress for Haute Couture collections (Christian Dior Couture)
Nicolas Cloiseau, chocolatier (La Maison du Chocolat)
Patrick Defacq, engraver (Ercuis)

Hervé Deschamps, cellar master (Champagne Perrier-Jouët) Clément Leroy, chef (Restaurant Guy Savoy Paris)
Philippe Nicolas, gemstone engraver (Cartier)
Fernand Pénichon, printer and painter on porcelain (Bernardaud) Patrice Rock, master shoemaker (Berluti)

They have all had exemplary careers in professions requiring a passion for their craft. Guided by the values of French luxury – high standards, quality, innovation and a duty to transmit knowledge – they are truly the « living treasures » of French luxury.

Providing young people with excellent role models, these artisans play a key role at French luxury houses. By perpetuating traditional craft skills, they pass on a rich intangible heritage, updated with 21st century innovation and creation.

« These eight talented artisans help promote French culture and serve as role models that can inspire young people to follow in their footsteps, » observed Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes, President and CEO of the Comité Colbert.

These awards mark the 10th anniversary of Colbert advocacy to gain recognition for its members’ crafts and artisans. Thanks to its efforts, more than 40 of the latter have received the honorary title of Maître d’art or the insignia of l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Fact(s) to know: Since 2006, thirty-one artisans from Colbert houses have been awarded the insignia of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and ten artisans have received the honorary title of Maître d’art, representing nearly all of the luxury crafts.