This felt hat is as much a national French symbol as the baguette and the Eiffel Tower. Originally made and worn by shepherds in the French province of Bearn, it continues to cultivate its nonconformist aura, having adorned the heads of farmers, intellectuals, laborers, pastors, Hollywood stars and soldiers. The beret is now cashing in on its French chic thanks to Laulhère, the last historic manufacturer of berets, which is reinventing this piece of headwear as a fashion accessory at its workshops in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département.
Iconic: The French Beret
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