French Merchants

  In the 17th century on the Caen plain in Normandy near Mount Saint-Michel, Norman peasants made nets by hand. In 1860 these workers were organized and Filt was formed as a company. In 1944, the company increased mechanization in manufacturing using it’s expertise in working with diverse materials and techniques. Nets for fishing, sports, hammocks, are just some of Filt’s products along with their authentic filet a provisions. These net shopping bags used by many of our grandmothers have made a resurgence in France, but the quality and care with which they are made remain the same.


Welcome, bienvenue to our website! Since 2004, French Merchants has offered products from France made with the time-honored techniques and traditions of their respective regions. Each are made with a quality and standard set sometimes hundreds of years ago, in designs that have stood the test of time and ones given a contemporary edge by their current guardians. Take a moment to read each of their stories. We are always adding new finds, so visit us often. May they bring beaucoup de plasir!