Originally, Jane and Ruth were each dealing in French painted furniture, furnishings and lifestyle products, scouring the world famous markets and brocantes of France until their cars became too full to sleep in! Having sourced an artisanal triple-milled Marseilles soap they formed a partnership with the aim of finding other luxury products with a similar heritage whilst following the simple philosophy of quality without compromise, style without complication.
Over the years they have expanded the Branche d'Olive brand into a range of elegantly packaged life style accessories, home fragrances, bath and body products seeking always the quality and authenticity which is at the heart of craftmanship. Their most recent addition is Pour l'Homme - The Man's Range in the ever popular Garrigue fragrance. Products include a hair & body bath/shower lotion, a shaving cream and a wonderful galet-shaped (irregular pebble) marbled soap.
Having outgrown their kitchen tables, the pair now operate the business from premises near Oxford. With full time staff, they fulfil orders for 300 stockists nationwide including Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis, Blenheim Palace, Burford GC and Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons where Branche d'Olive is the only fragrance and toiletries brand. Recently a cross promotional Limited Edition Boxed Candle to celebrate Le Manoir's 30th anniversary was completed - further cementing Branche d'Olive as a premium luxury brand referenceing French heritage with a commitment to quality. The Limited Edition comprised four Votive candles with each fragrance reflecting a different season. Their own Branche d'Olive version of this product was shortlisted for the 2015 Gift of the Year.
Next season's retail fairs have yet to be finalised but will doubtless include: Asthma Gift Fair (Hurlingham) Spirit of Christmas (Olympia) and Injured Jockeys (Newbury Race Course). Next season's trade fairs start in January with: Top Drawer, Olympia (17th - 19th January 2016) followed by Spring Fair, Birmingham NEC (7th - 11th February 2016).
Jane & Ruth - Branche d'Olive - Luxury with Love