Fan stories

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A bit of history...

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] The origin of the fan dates back to Antiquity.

In Egypt.

The pharaoh was protected from flies by a fan made of feathers or leaves that a courtier called “flabellifera” waved. Two fans made of ostrich feathers and ivory handles were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. They were placed there to give breath to the deceased.

In China.

The tradition of the fan is thousands of years old, and dates back to the time of Emperor Hsien Yuan, around 2697 BC. These were fixed. It was only in the 7th century, in Japan, that the folding fan was invented by a craftsman while watching the wings of a bat unfold.

In Europe.

From 1540, the Portuguese, returning from Japan, spread the fan in Europe from the wholesale market in Lisbon. Italy will immediately adhere to this new fan shape. Catherine de Medici brought Italian fans into vogue at the Court of France, which had already been known since the campaign of Louis XII. They were manufactured and put on sale by its perfumers.

In 1760, Martin Petit invented a pleating mold system which facilitated mass production.

The 18th century: the golden age of the fan.

The fan's time of splendor is undoubtedly the 18th century. Having become an important element in the previous century, it will now be used not only by noble ladies or those of the bourgeoisie, but also by women of more modest status. By becoming a fashion accessory, the fan takes on a new dimension. It is decorated with different subjects and becomes a true object of art.

The wind died down.

Passed into disuse during the interwar period, except as an advertising item and also except in a few countries such as Spain, where manufacturing had been established less than a century earlier.


It was in 2005 that Véra Pilo created the first French fan brand which boldly revisited this elegant and ecological way of dealing with global warming. Its iconoclastic and contemporary fans shed new light on this object and make it accessible to as many people as possible.

Today it is enjoying renewed popularity and, leaving the courts of the kings of France, once again becomes a fashion accessory in its own right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image= "25874" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="25911" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="27811" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row css=".vc_custom_1619518340737{margin-top: 80px !important;}" el_class="right-text-block"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25824" img_size="full" ][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Unanimity for the fans of the National Assembly.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]The “SCHOOL OF ATHENS” fan

After three years of restoration, the Gobelins tapestry, the School of Athens, inspired by the work of Raphael, took its place in the heart of the hemicycle of the National Assembly on September 15, 2020.


The famous tricolor cockade was born during the French Revolution, from the union of the colors of the king (white) and the City of Paris (blue and red). Today it is the symbol of the French Republic.

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Whoopi Goldberg, a big fan of Véra Pilo!

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]Hello, hello, I am Mrs. Whoopi Goldberg 's private secretary, am I at Véra Pilo's?

A phone call from New York like that in the early morning is a great start to the day...

A Baroquito fan for Whoopi? No problem !

PS If we could have a signed photo that would be great. THANKS….

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The Mona Lisa has a smile,
U.S. too.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]With the new “ Mona Lisa ” fan, made by Véra Pilo, Mona Lisa is all smiles!

From the “Céladon” product line created by RMN-Grand Palais, around the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci , the Mona Lisa fan displays in majesty, the most mysterious of smiles.

Printed on cotton and mounted on varnished black painted wooden strands, it is delivered in a specific cardboard case. A must-have souvenir or gift idea from your visit to the largest museum in the world.

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Van Gogh exhibition in Italy in Vincenza.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]Vincent Van Gogh painted “ Road with a Cypress and Starry Sky ” in Saint-Rémy de Provence in 1889.

It is one of the many studies that the painter carried out on cypresses and stars, and which prefigures the famous painting “The Starry Night”.

It is on loan from the Rijksmuseum Kröller Müller for the Van Gogh exhibition which will be held in Vincenza in Italy.

It was on this occasion that Véra Pilo created this fan so that each visitor could take a part of this masterpiece with them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][ vc_single_image image="25612" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1619518361556{margin-top: 80px !important;}" el_class="right-text-block"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25600" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

The legendary Club 55 of Ramatuelle in Saint-Tropez.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]In 1955, Brigitte Bardot and the team of the film “ And God Created Woman ” settled on a beach in Pampelonne and rested in a small cabin run by Bernard of Colmont.

Club 55 was born.

After the release of the film, the entire elite of Saint-Germain-des-Prés rushed there. Since then, this place has become the essential meeting place for the international jet-set.

Corinne and Bernard de Colmont, the current owners of the place, were kind enough to entrust us with the creation of the official Club 55 fan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1619518370171{ margin-top: 80px !important;}" el_class="left-text-block"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

New fans for the Compagnie des Indes Museum.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text]The unique theme in France of the Compagnie des Indes Museum brings the visitor to life the extraordinary history of the great trading companies of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Ship models, prints, old maps, Indo-European furniture, Chinese porcelain, Indian cotton are all testimonies to this incredible maritime epic.

A well of inspiration to create magnificent fans on the theme of travel.

The summer of 2019 gave birth to the models “Palempore aux Paons”, “Vue de Lorient” and “Les Oiseaux de Chine”. This year two new Véra Pilo fan creations will be on sale in the store: the “Tree of Life” fan and the “Pondichery” fan. A trip for each of your summer days![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25615" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row css=".vc_custom_1619518381110{margin-top: 80px !important;}" el_class="right-text-block"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25606" img_size="full" ][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

The LOLO CHATENAY fan by Véra Pilo.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][vc_column_text] LOLO CHATENAY no longer thinks of the handbag as a single piece, but as several customizable elements.

Bases of all shapes, reversible flaps and interchangeable handles and shoulder straps... made from the finest leathers and materials.

LOLO CHATENAY handbags are made in France by makers, trained in the most prestigious techniques.

The choice is primarily French or European suppliers, respectful of ecological standards.

Just like us.

So what could be more obvious than slipping a LOLO CHATENAY fan into your handbag[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]