About a year and a half ago I stumbled on the website of Maison Sajou. I was looking for a nice way to package my ribbon orders, and although I didn't find what I looked for, I spent a long time on their site enjoying the beauty of their products.
Maison Sajou was founded in 1830. After being very succesfull for a long time, the brand with all its beautiful embroidery patterns, nostalgic packaging and a big collection of specialized thread led a dormant life since the 1950-ies. Then Madame Crestin-Billet turns up, and out of her own passion for embroidery and needlework, breathes new life into this traditional french "mercerie" company. With a fine balance between preserving the old, typical Sajou-style, and at the same time adding new, modern elements, she looks to make Maison Sajou a part of modern days crafting.
I definitely hope to be able to see their inspiring products around for a while. I noticed that, until the end of this month, you can order their 2010 catalogue full of eye candy for free on their site, which also has a shop. In Germany you can find a selection of their delicate cotton ribbon at Volksfaden.