Recently launched, and a must-have in any artisan bread lover’s kitchen, is Bagstille.

The brainchild of Julie Ganivet of Havelock North and her friend Sarah Nuttall from Auckland, Bagstille makes 100% linen bread bags to keep baguettes or artisan loaves fresher for longer. 

Julie grew up in France, where there is flourishing bread culture. Every neighbourhood has a boulangerie (bakery), and almost every family had a bread bag, she says.

“We are very proud to introduce a sustainable way to transport and keep bread, and to help reduce the need for single-use bags,” says Julie.

“I actually still have and use my grandmother’s one!”

Bagstilles are made in New Zealand, and come in two sizes – the Multi (perfect for most sourdough and similar sized loaves) and the Baguette (self-explanatory) – both retail for $39.90. They’re available to purchase at

Any bread can go into a Bagstille –the homemade, the artisan or bakery ones, as well as the supermarket variety. Linen keeps bread fresher for longer, and Bagstille’s founders say it’s the best way to keep your bread, no matter the type.

Sarah & Julie

Julie says that she and Sarah are extremely proud to have launched Bagstille in May this year, despite Covid restrictions. 

“Sales are going very well. 

“There has been a fantastic response to Bagstille. There’s been lots of interest, engagement on social media, and great feedback. We are extremely happy, and even feature in the November issue of Haven magazine!”

Let’s hope that Bagstille sells like Se vendre comme des petits pains, or as we say in English, like hot cakes!

BayBuzz is giving a Bagstilles to two of our readers. Just email Julie/Sarah at by midnight Monday the 8th to be in the draw.

It’s Tuesday morning the 9th and the winners are: Melanie Jones and Jan Fitzgerald! Enjoy!

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