Boneteria Auloronesa is a small artisan French beret manufacturer, established by a very dedicated and passionate boinero, the former technical director of Béatex-Laulhère. Boneteria Auloronesa is dedicated to ensure the manufacturing of traditional berets continues in France, from the very birth place of the beret: Oloron Sainte Marie in the Béarn.
"Boneteria Auloronesa", it proudly states in the local language on the embroidered label, depicting the iconic two blue-horned red cows of the Béarn. Production is very small, by any standard (3500 units per year) and all made by just one very dedicated person.
South Pacific Berets stocks these berets in a large variety of diameters and sizes: headband-less berets ("bérets universel") in 9.5, 10, 10.5 and 11 pouces and berets with (an incredibly soft and comfortable leather) headband ("bérets garnis cuir") in 9, 10 and 11 pouces. The bérets universel are fitted with a liguette, a satin internal drawstring. This unique feature enables the wearer to adjust the size perfectly, without having to stretch the beret first
Then there are the Grand Foulards Alpin, the large diameter berets based on the berets worn by the Chasseurs Alpins, the last line of defence between the head and the clouds. These foulards are in Universel version too, completely size adjustable.
The bérets casquette are true berets with a peak, and exclusively for South Pacific Berets, available in a large range of colours.
I dare say: these are among the very best available berets anywhere!
To see our own line of Boneteria Aotearoa artisan made berets, please click here.
The flag of Béarn is a banner of the "arms D'or aux deux vaches de gueules, accornées, colletées et clarinées d'azur, passant l'une sur l'autre" (two cows gules horned and belled azure).
In his "Notice historique sur les blasons des anciennes provinces de France" (Historical note on the coats of arms of the ancient French provinces, 1941), Jacques Meurgey says that the arms are very old; the Béarn cows showed up on coins and seals as early as the 13th century.
Insisting on the blue elements and the unusual heraldic words required to describe them, Meurgey uses accolées instead of colletées to describe the collar.
The cows (vaches) are often believed to recall the ancient Iberic tribe of Vacceans, who were subjugated by the Romans in 100 BP, and are said to be the ancestors of the Béarnais.
Vinyl sticker of the Béarnaise coat of arms. UV resistant, with a transparent adhesive surface to facilitate the placement of the sticker. 8 x 9.5cm (3.2" x 3.8").