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    We are Manon Martin and Louis Durocher, husband and wife.
    We live in the Eastern Townships in the Province of Quebec (Canada), and our little doggy is called Lhassa ;-)

    After more than 20 years working in communications and web marketing, we founded Chic & Basta on the simple idea of supporting and promoting the independent Quebec creators who produce handmade design objects (or manufactured in small batch runs), that are authentic, contemporary and of great aesthetic beauty.

    What Is Our Goal ?

    Showcase Quebec Designers.
    We hope to showcase Quebec artists by sharing with you our passion for their work, and their love of beautiful, unique objects, objects made to last.


    Bring Joy.
    We believe that a people’s soul is expressed in their objects and craft, that handmade objects or products of local artisans, design objects made in small series, are more beautiful, last longer, and ultimately provide more satisfaction and joy than goods mass produced by our industrial society.

    Create a Connection.
    In presenting the products and the portraits of their creators, we want to create a connection between lovers of beautiful objects and those who make them: Quebec designers, artisans and small manufacturers.

    Creative artist Chantal Poirier founded .OUT outils et accessoires in April 2015.
    Her inspiration: to pass objects to the future generations. Her motivation: to offer useful items that improve the workplace and make you feel beautiful..

    Chantal was kind enough to respond to an interview with us. I'll let you discover it here!

    Visual arts, stage architecture, cinema, horticulture, these are some of the disciplines that Amélie Roy experienced before founding Ameoli, a small company that creates and manufactures handcrafted natural and organic body products, made with love and respect of the environment.

    Amelie was nice enough to lend herself to the interview game with us. I'll let you discover her here!

    The first time I met Josée Mélanie of Fichu Chiffon, I immediately had a crush on her beautiful throws. In a modern style, these are handcrafted using traditional methods.

    When discussing with the creative, we feel her great passion for textiles, and her taste for things well done, made to last.

    Josée-Mélanie was kind enough to let us into her world and answer some questions for Chic & Basta. I leave you to discover her through this interview!

    The essence of the earth emerges from the ceramics of Marie-Eve ​​Dompierre, these are carefully balanced between the organic and the structure, rigidity and fluidity. Her objects are at once refined and modern without being insensitive.

    When one meets Marie-Eve, one senses her love for the earth, which she shapes by depositing the trace of the human, her imprint, is what one feels in contact with her pieces.

    I let you discover her through this interview!