If you've been following Queen B for a while, you'd know that for several years now I have stocked several items in the Napoleonic Bee range of glassware from La Rochere. I originally bought it not just because of the Napoleonic Bee design which I love, but also because of its rich heritage.
La Rochere dinnerware, tableware and glassware is made in the Haute Saone region in France where it has been made since 1475. [and I thought 10 years of Queen B was exhausting!] How fabulous is that? We would be hard pressed to find many other global brands of the size of La Rochere that continue to manufacture in a developed country.
So, I love what the company stand for, I love their glassware (which is also practical in that it is dishwasher safe) and to top it all off, I love the boys who bring it in to Australia. It is simply impossible to feel even one iota of glumness in their presence!
A few weeks ago a customer called me who had been on our Queen B website looking at the La Rochere glassware and she wanted 4 dozen of a particular glass. So I gave her a discount and trundled up the road to get the glasses off the boys. While I was there I asked them why they weren't selling online themselves. Turns out a mouse is an animal to them not a useful tool to navigate around a computer! They suggested I do it for them instead.
et voila! frenchglassware.com.au was born and in a superhuman feat, my clever web guy has managed to build the backend of the website in just 3 weeks and in that time I've run a design competition on Design Crowd for our new logo and spent over 100 hours sourcing and sizing photography and getting all my facts and figures correct.
Tonight we go live. Yay.
If you are looking for beautiful French glassware, tableware and dinnerware – tumblers, wine glasses, water glasses, candleholders, plates, bowls and carafes & jugs – for living each day as if it were your last. We have the largest selection of La Rochere designs of any retailer in Australia and we're planning to move it in volume and pass on the savings. I have yet to understand the impact of Australia Post shipping charges on the business model, but for now we're doing everything at 10% off RRP.
La Rochere glassware is made at very high temperatures and is famous for its uniquely clear glass and hardiness.
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