Duralex Picardie tumblers are a French design classic. They're elegant, fluted, and very difficult to break. James Bond drank from them, as has probably every school kid in France at one point or another. Now Costco is selling a set of 12 of them for just $29.99.
What Are Duralex Picardie Glasses?
According to The Independent, Duralex Picardie glasses have been called "the ultimate drinking vessel created by man," and they're the iconic glasses you can see in any French bistro or café. People love them because they're simple, elegant to look at, and designed to be functional, hard-wearing workhorses that can put up with just about anything. And anytime you say the word "France," the cool factor of a product jumps about 20 percent.
They're made of tempered glass so they're extra hard to break — Costco says they're 2 1/2 times stronger than ordinary glass. They're impact- and chip-resistant; safe in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher; and their fluted shape makes them very easy to stack and convenient to store without taking up too much space.
They're suitable for hot and cold drinks, so you can use them for coffee, smoothies, seltzer, milkshakes, Scotch, wine, etc. (James Bond drank Macallan out of one in Skyfall. I like them for coffee with steamed milk.)
You Can Buy These Classic French Glasses at Costco!
Duralex Picardie glasses were very hard to find for a while. In 2008 the company went into bankruptcy, and the glasses were going for very high prices on eBay. Now the glasses are available again at Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, and Sur La Table, but the lowest price I've seen anywhere is at Costco, where you can get a set of six 10.87-ounce glasses and six 17.6-ounce glasses for $29.99, including shipping. That's a lot less than other retailers, and the reviews are glowing.
"Purchased a set for son's first apartment after college," one purchaser wrote. "Dropped one from cabinet height when putting away and not even a chip. Stack nicely if space is limited."
They almost never break, and they're inexpensive enough that you won't mind too much if one does. It's no wonder these glasses are such a classic.
What do you think of Duralex Picardie glasses?