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Style icons as diverse as the Hadid sisters, the Jenner-Kardashians, the Duchess of Cambridge – a longtime fan – Meghan Markle and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all been photographed sporting berets.Gucci and Marc Jacobs have also got in on the act, while Laulhere, the last historic French beret maker, has raced to keep up with demand.Its more traditional "heritage" felt berets made to protect Basque and Bearnais peasants from winter snow and the summer sun sell for a much more modest 35 euros.Saunders said the beret's renaissance is no passing fad, but has been gathering since its present owners, Cargo, rescued Laulhere from the brink of bankruptcy in 2012 .Having more than doubled the workforce to 55, Laulhere last year sold more than 300,000 berets.A fact that was confirmed when AFP questioned beret wearers on the freezing streets of the French capital.Zulu Cecile, 21, from Bordeaux said the beret was the quintessential symbol of French style.
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