Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant

A reference

Unique firms that know how to reconcile tradition and innovation, know-how and creation, work and passion, heritage and the future, the local and the international


Are you an individual who appreciates high-class services or a professional looking for the best materials for your products? Are you attached to authentic French know-how and sensitive to the richness of France’s production heritage?

The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label is a reference and a gauge of quality for you – consumers, customers and opinion leaders seeking the services of a professional recognised for their respect for their craft and their exceptional skills.

A national network of companies of excellence who share the same values


Adaptability, resourcefulness, innovation, and a passion for their trades: holders of the EPV label share the same values. Whatever their size, however well known they are, whatever their specialities, together they are keepers of a treasure: France’s production heritage.


Supporting French products


EPV-labelled companies keep their production activity within France, in sectors with high added value. Most are present in international markets and thus export emblematic French know-how. They are representative of the spirit and expertise of French industry, and forge France’s economic and cultural identity.

By seeking the expertise of a labelled company, customers and opinion leaders support the maintenance and development of these prestigious activities in France, safeguarding jobs, creating new ones, and keeping them local.


The sign of tailor-made


These companies are capable of working on the most unusual sites, to take on the most original orders, and to provide unique, tailor-made solutions to cater for the most specialised of requirements and the most demanding of customers. In all spheres, whether employing traditional skills or cutting-edge technology, these companies share a common talent: that of offering tailor-made solutions and products not to be found elsewhere.


Whether they are carrying on or reintroducing original ancestral techniques, they do not hesitate to innovate and invent new processes and products in order to cater for current demands and standards.

Opportunities to discover and share


Guardians of specific heritage, many EPV-labelled companies offer the public the opportunity to discover their history, their craft and their work, by organising workshop visits, or opening museums or exhibition spaces devoted to their collections. On this website, in the section "A tour of EPV companies”, you will find a description of these unique tourism initiatives. For labelled firms, these visits are a means of sharing their passion with the public, in the intimacy of their workshops.