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How We Got Here


May 2017

Margaret and Martin embarked on a month-long vacation in Provence, France, hosting family members from across the US and dear friends, Margo and Lance from Baton Rouge, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure together. Home base was a spacious 19th-century “mas” or Provençal farm house, complete with an outdoor kitchen, a pool, an orangerie, and a former horse stable, all overseen by our gracious and capable concierge, Stéfanie, now a life-long friend to each of us. One sunny afternoon, while delving into the goodies at a nearby outdoor market, Margo had the “light-bulb moment” that started the whole Folie importing endeavor. She turned to Margaret and said, “You know, Mag, we could do this!” The ideas quickly began to flow as our time in Provence drew to a close. After toasts and tearful good-byes with Stéfanie and promises to stay in touch, the fledgling Folie team enjoyed a quick excursion to Paris before heading back to Louisiana to roll up our sleeves. Just six months later, plans were laid for our very first buying trip for the June 2018 antiques markets in and around Avignon. We were on our way!

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