Show your love of France on your chest, head and neck with the Erstwilder Paris Holiday Collection

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The Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection from the Melbourne-based brand is launching at 12:30pm Melbourne time today and we want everything! If you’re a Francophile you will too!

Erstwilder Paris Holiday Collection

The limited edition (all Erstwilder pieces have limited runs so once they’re gone, they’re gone) Paris Holiday collection is comprised of layered resin brooches, enamel pins, earrings, scarves and some seriously cute berets adorned with French emblematic symbols. Whether it be the iconic croissant, a chic French poodle or a Parisian monument, the Paris Holiday collection has you covered and adorned.


Paris monuments given homage in brooch form include the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Moulin Rouge’s iconic red windmill. Nods are also given to the Can-can dancers of Paris and the whimsical Trocadero carousel horse. There’s also the old-fashioned style of perfume bottle


The French woman complete with beret and neck scarf is immortalised in brooch form also. Le Chat noir becomes a cultured cat sitting a top a pile of iconic French books. You can’t have a French collection without a French poodle and you’ll find the Madame Caniche on brooches, earrings, scarves and berets.


Inspiration is taken from and a nod given to Marie Antoinette with various pieces including a brooch of Marie Antoinette and various heart shaped pieces named Heart of Caché.


Show your love of macarons, croissants, eclairs and wine with a choice of earrings, brooches and scarves. Or wear them all on a beret embroidered with them.

Who are Erstwilder?

A Melbourne based label which celebrated its 10th birthday last year, Erstwilder designs and produces collectible layered resin adornments – mainly in the form of brooches. Inspiration comes from many places from animals to vintage and rockabilly and art deco.


Where are the pieces made?

Erstwilder has been working with the same family-owned, ethical manufacturer in China since their beginnings in 2011.


What are the pieces made from?

Erstiwilder’s designs use silver-plated steel brooch pins. Earring posts, earring hooks, necklace chains and jump rings are made from stainless steel.

How much do they cost?

The Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection prices are as follows:

  • Earrings: $10 each for the Eiffel tower, champagne bottles and poodles; or $34.95 for the macaron, croissant and heart of cache earrings
  • Enamel brooches: $14.95 or the set of 12 for $120
  • Scarves for $24.95 and $39.95 depending on the size
  • Layered resin brooches: $44.95
  • Berets $74.95


How many of each piece?

To avoid waste and keep things limited, Erstwilder only produce a limited number of each piece – at most 3,000 of each piece but this varies depending on which styles Erstwilder thinks will be most popular. So, get in quickly if you spot something you adore.


Love the brooches but not into wearing brooches?

Ertswilder also sell brooch converters which allow you to take the brooch and turn it into a pendant to attach to a necklace chain.


Matilda Marseillaise’s must-haves from the Erstwilder’s Paris Holiday collection:

We have our eyes on:

  • La Dame de Fer (Eiffel tower) brooch
  • Can-can dancer brooch
  • Tres chic brooch red
  • Rouge ou Blanc brooch
  • Le croissant stud earrings
  • Paris holiday beret in red
  • Madame Caniche Poodle Beret in pink

Erstwilder Paris Holiday Collection


Where to purchase the Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection

The Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection is available from 12:30pm Melbourne time today:

(NB using my link above will give you a $10 referral discount and will give me rewards points)

Some pieces may also be available at their various stockists.


Which pieces are you coveting from the Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection?


If you’re interested in other French themed collections by Australian companies, read our article about Glasshouse Fragrances’ A day in Montmartre collection



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Erstwilder Paris Holiday Collection

Last minute Christmas gifts for the Francophile

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With only two days left until Christmas we’ve compiled a list of last-minute gifts for the Francophile in your life. Check them out below. 

For the music lover


Live music

Photo: Tim Mossholder

So Frenchy So Chic is the ultimate French music festival and it’s on in Melbourne and Sydney in January with some side-shows in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. 

Tickets cost $97.62 to SFSC Melbourne and Sydney



Nouvelle Vague in Adelaide costs $55 plus transaction fee.


So Frenchy So Chic Live: Lou Doillon in Perth costs $56.65 


Nouvelle Vague in Brisbane 


Tickets to see Baby et Lulu in Sydney, Lou Blackwell & The French Set at Adelaide Fringe in either A Night in Paris or From Paris with love



So Frenchy So Chic compilations

Baby et Lulu albums

Lou Blackwell & The French Set albums


For the festival goer


Adelaide’s world music festival is on over three days and four nights. There are various ticket options from one day or night through to tickets to the entire festival. 

WOMADelaide 2019 - Jack Fenby
Photo: Jack Fenby


Adelaide Festival

French and francophone acts at Adelaide Festival 2020 include:

Compagnie Carabosse Fire Gardens 


Trois Grandes Fugues


Cold Blood

Two Crews

Siobhann Stagg recital


Sydney Festival

Two Crews

Opening Night



For drama queens

The French Loop in Melbourne is offering a parent-child improvisation course in the language of Moliere. the objective is to democratise theatre and make it accessible to all. Participants will leave with game ideas after 2 hours of family fun. From $75 for one parent and one adult.




For the foodie

Cooking classes

You’ll find French cooking classes across cities in Australia throughout the year. 



Les Deux Coqs – no dates for 2020 yet but keep your eyes on their facebook page

Sucre pâtisserie macaron class – no dates yet but keep your eyes on 



Photo: Malidate Van





Restaurant vouchers

Check out French restaurants in your city to see if they do vouchers. Give the gift of a French dining experience.

Photo: Lukas

French Grocery items

There are a few online stores that import French food and send it across Australia. 


Cheese subscriptions

There are a number of different cheese subscriptions you can offer whether for one month or more. Cheese delivered to your door!

Photo: jill111 $60.50 for one month $75 for one month $89 for one month $99 for one month $90 for one month


For Champagne lovers

You can’t get more French than champagne! These days there is champagne for all budgets.

Photo: George Desipris

Dan Murphy’s has a great selection of champagnes and French sparkling wines 

Emperor Champagne also has a selection of gift packs $105

You could even buy a champagne subscription box for $198 for one month or with a 10% discount if you subscribe for more than one month.

Coup de Foudre


You could also let the gift recipient learn all about champagne by taking a course or reading a book all about it.


Tyson Stelzer’s “The Champagne Guide” is also available as an e-book so you can give it to the recipient on the day!


Or let them have a whole afternoon tasting a variety of champagnes at Taste Champagne which is on across Australia. Tickets not yet on sale but keep an eye on the website


For the design lover and fashionista


French Magazine Subscriptions

Give the francophile the ongoing gift of French publications delivered to their door throughout the year.

Photo : Lisa Fotios





For the art lover

Give the francophile in your life a ticket to one of the wonderful exhibitions of French art that is on in Australia in 2020.

Matisse & Picasso is currently on at the NGA in Canberra until 13 April 2020.


The Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition is currently on at the NGV in Melbourne also until 13 April 2020


A Matisse exhibition will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney from November 2020.


For Netflix and chill French style

French satellite TV 

Canal + subscription $55 per month for 50 French channels


For the cinéphile

The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2020 will take place around Australia between February and April 2020. The program will be announced at the end of January 2020. Keep your eyes peeled

Photo: Donald Tong


Language classes

Perhaps the francophile in your life wants to learn French!

Look for courses at the Alliance Française in your city

The WEA in some cities also offers French classes.

What are you gifting to the francophile in your life? Do you have any ideas that aren’t our list of last minute Christmas gifts for the francophile? Merry Christmas to all of you!



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