Broustoù creates small editions of polish shoe brushes handmade with French horsehair with a focus on local breeds and craftsmanship.
Broustoù means “brushes” in breton, a local language from Southwest Bretagne. The project was born of a collaboration between two sisters – one is a Mérens horse breeder in the Pyrenees (a small black mountain horse), the other is a designer based in Copenhagen – with the common desire of valorizing draft horses through a handcrafted product. Broustoù is named after a simple, humble and utilitarian object, manufactured to last: a brush made out of a wooden head, steel wire and horsehair. This natural fiber is harvested by hand on living and healthy horses: only a handful of the tail is cut - this is not to deprive them of their best tool against flies. After transforming the earthy and tangled tail of a horse grazing in the pastures into a clean bundle ready to be stacked on a wooden head, the brushes are handmade in the workshops of Blindes Arbejde, in Copenhagen. 

Many thanks to

Stinus, Éléna, Catherine, Yann, Tristan, Aurélie et la famille Texier, la famille Poezevara, Christian, Andréa et Catherine Augoyard, Bernard Magueur, Vincent Seité, Julie Gobert et le Haras de Lamballe, le Haras du Bohu, Carole, la Société Française des Équidés de Travail, Kristin Espedal, Blindes Arbejde, Éléonore Grignon, Anaïs Barelli, Regain Magazine, les contributeurs Kengo, la Région Bretagne. 


Portraits & production images — Anaïs Barelli
Campaign pictures — Claus Troedsgaard
Brush production — Blindes Arbejde


Broustoù is supported by La Région Bretagne.