Traditional French beret heads upmarket

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Makers of the headgear once popular among 19th-century peasants and which has long symbolised a now bygone rural France have for decades been in decline, but now one is making a comeback with models for fashionistas that can fetch up to 1,000 euros.

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Could the Basque beret – which ranks alongside the accordion, baguette and Citroën 2CV as one of the caricatural symbols of France – be making a sartorial comeback? One of France’s last remaining beret-makers, Laulhère, which supplies the traditional headgear to the French army, has opened a boutique on Paris’s rue Faubourg Saint Honoré, a stone’s throw from the Élysée Palace and home to luxury haute-couture labels including Hermès and YSL, reports The Guardian.