A couple in life as well as on stage, Philippe & Catherine created l’Oiseau Bateau in 1994. Once upon a time somewhere in the south east of France in the french open markets. The origin of the brand’s name comes from their daughter Carla who was fond of birds and boats. This beautiful adventure takes us to Valence, in the Drôme province, where the company – including 10 employees -remains to this day designing and hand sewing the majestic & playful elves. For l’Oiseau Bateau craftsmen, the story and ever changing designs have created a rich elf evolution.