In a household of 3 clumsy girls (I can bank for the fact that clumsiness is indeed genetic), we need hardened utensils, that can survive a lot of rough and tumble. Thus, I am a big fan of Duralex, famous for making the same iconic hardened glasses for the last 60 years at least.
Have you ever been served a coffee in a little glass in a French café? Probably a Duralex Gigogne glass. Show any French person a Duralex Picardie glass and it will take them back to their school cantine days, where everyone got to drink out of Duralex glasses. I love their utilitarian chic and the fact that they are almost unbreakable (I say almost, as I will never forget my mother trying to demonstrate how unbreakable these glasses are by hurling one on the floor, where it smashed into a thousand pieces, much to her embarrasment!). They are perfect for families with young kids, especially if you are getting a bit tired of colourful plastic cups.
I picked my glasses up at Merci, but I also found them on this website which deliver internationally. Alternatively, you can find them in most French hardware shops. For our readers on the other side of the Atlantic there is a dedicated USA Duralex website!
I love these glasses! We don’t use plastic glasses while camping, but just have some of the picardie glasses. They don’t break. And they are the perfect size for children to drink from too.
I love the storage container. Very cool.
We love these in our house and have the Picardie ones in 250 ml and 360ml. My husband said they had the Gigogne ones for milk when he was at school.
we have the picardie glasses in small and tall, i love them. we also have this lovely carafe that matches the small ones: http://www.royalvkb.com/productdet.asp?catid=1152
That’s a great carafe, love the fact that it is especially designed for those glasses!
they are simple, beautiful and strong! but not really unbreakable. Victoria (2 yo)
for another european option, try the iittala glasses (from finland). the aino aalto glass is also very durable and comes in a great variety of beautiful colors. they also hold up astonishingly well to the dishwasher and kids (needless to say). have not tried throwing it though. 🙂
classic. i get mine from labour and wait in london (also online http://labourandwait.co.uk/)
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