I can tell you without any doubt that these little cats are my favorite cats in the world. I collect them for my boyfriend because he is just as crazy about them as I am. Every time I go to Paris, I buy one or two cats. Not more, it should stay something to look forward to. You can buy the ‘Les chats de Dubout’ only in a few shops in Paris. Not all souvenir shops have them because they are quiet expensive. I always buy them at ‘Le Hameau d’Eugénie’, a cute souvenir store in Montmartre.
Back to the cats. They are created by the French illustrator Albert Dubout (1905-1976). Animals were always a big source of inspiration for his graphics and illustrations, especially his own cats. Kikou, his favorite cat was even granted the unique privilege of entering his studio while he worked (an area totally off limits for all human creatures!) In 1962 he produced his first series of cat drawings and with success!
Go buy your own cats! Here’s the adress of the store:
Le Hameau d’Eugénie
18 Rue Ravignan, 75018 Paris, France