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B E A U T I F U L LY D E S I G N E D A N D M A D E I N F R A N C E


ABOUT SOPHIE HALLETTE

Sophie Hallette creates and manufactures exceptional laces and tulles s i n c e 1 8 8 7 . B e a u t i f u l l y c r a f t e d i n Fr a n c e m a i n l y u s i n g t r a d i t i o n a l L e a v e r s looms, the savoir -faire of Sophie Hallette is woven into the fabric of Haute Couture, Premium ready to wear and fine lingerie around the world.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOVEN LACE

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Menders in a N ottingham fact ory in the late 19th century

Bobbinet looms in Caudry in c:1880


130 YEARS OF LACE & TULLE :

Etienne Lescroart buys the company from widow Eugene Hallette

Bruno Lescroart succeeds his father Etienne. He begins building Sophie Hallette the acclaimed brand that it is today.

1942

1982

1887

1909

1967

1985

Eugene Hallette establishes his own maison which later becomes Sophie Hallette.

Eugene Hallette dies in 1909. His widow continues with the business until 1942

The company opens a showroom in Paris

Relocation in MÊlayers premises, former factory of Bobbinet’s tulle.


S T O R Y O F T H E FA M I LY

Start of a 10 year refurbishment work of hundred years old Bobbinet looms, making Sophie Hallette one of the worldwide leader for Bobbinet tulle manufacturing.

Romain succeeds his father Bruno as CEO of the company and begins a program of modernization.

Romain’s sister, Maud, joins as Marketing Director and opens up new markets

1996

2000

2003

1990

1996

The Company purchases its own dyeing plant, La CaudrĂŠsienne and becomes vertically integrated.

Purchase of the Riechers Marescot an important lace house based in the city of Calais


RECENT YEARS

Start of a R&D program with the aim of modernizing the Leavers looms.

The craftsmanship of Sophie Hallette is featured on Kate’s Middleton wedding dress.

1990

2011 2007

2010

Inauguration of the new Paris showroom Sophie Hallette and Riechers Marescot.

Inauguration of a new factory in La CaudrĂŠsienne..


SOPHIE HALLETTE ARE THE BIGGEST LACE MAKER IN FRANCE

An autonomous, fully integrated group : • • • • •

Independant and family owned 250 people, mainly in Caudry (north of France) Turnover 2011: 24,6 billion Euros Turnover 2012: 26 billion Euros More than 80% of the turnover is export in 60 countries of the world

Great export National Market E.U


THE ART OF LACE MAKING : M U LT I P L E A N D C O M P L E X T A S K S

A few figures : • • • • • •

18 steps are necessary for production More than 25 persons dedicated to each lace production It takes minimum 3 months to elaborate a draft and technical drawing for a lace design It takes 70 days to make one piece of lace It takes 7 years to train a lacemaker It takes 2 years to train a mender


I . DESIGNING THE LACE STEP ONE THE DRAFT

les métiers The Craftsmanship

l’esquisseur The designer

le metteu The


I . DESIGNING THE LACE S T E P T W O T H E T E C H N I C A L D R AW I N G

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l’esquisseur The designer

le metteur en carte The drafter


I I . T H E L E AV E R S AT E L I E R THE LACEMAKER

Tr a i n e d f o r 7 y e a r s b e f o r e b e i n g a u t o n o m o u s , t h e l a c e m a k e r i s n a m e d t h e a r i s t o c r a t o f t h e l a c e i n d u s t r y. • Because of the complexity of the loom he gets assigned on the same pair of looms for his whole career. •

le tulliste The lacemaker


I I . T H E L E AV E R S AT E L I E R THE LACEMAKER

A Leavers loom and the pierced cards

Inside the loom, the 5000 shuttles with their bobbins

The lacemaker is replacing the set of shuttles


I I . T H E L E AV E R S AT E L I E R T H E L O O M P R E PA R AT I O N

The wheeling : filling in the bobbins by hand


I I . T H E L E AV E R S AT E L I E R P R O D U CT I O N : T H E B O B B I N ET LO OM

The Bobbinet loom : the Leavers loom ancestor


l’esquisseur

III . CONTROLING AND HAND MENDING The designer

le tulliste The lacemaker

la raccommodeuse The mender

Each piece of lace or tulle is beeing carefully controled and hand mend

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I V. T H E D Y E I N G P L A N T l’esquisseur

le metteur en carte

la raccommodeuse

le coloriste

The designer

le tulliste The lacemaker

The colour laboratory

The mender

The «industrial» dyeing

The drafter

The colorist


V. F I N I S H I N G : U LT I M AT E C O N T R O L A N D H A N D M E N D I N G


T H E PA R I S S H OW R O O M 3, RUE SAINT FIACRE


I N T E R P R E TAT I O N S


S O P H I E H A L L E T T E O N T H E R O YA L W E D D I N G FO R T H E D U C H ES S O F CAM B R I D G E APRIL 29TH 2011


DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IN SOPHIE HALLETTE AT Q U E E N ’ S D I A M O N D J U B I L E E


AW 1 2 / 1 3 : VA L E N T I N O


AW 1 2 / 1 3 : D O L C E & G A B B A N A


SS 13: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN


SS 13: DIOR


S S 1 3 : VA L E N T I N O


SS 13: ERDEM


S S 1 3 : JAS O N WU


SS 13: NINA RICCI


FW 1 3 / 14 : D O LC E & G A B BA N A


FW 13/14: ELIE SAAB


FW 13/14: LOUIS VUITTON


FW 13/14: SACAI


FW 13/14: STELLA MCCARTNEY


FW 1 3 / 14 : TOM FO R D


FW 13/14: MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA


FW 13/14: WUNDERKIND


SPONSORING Royal Academy of Fine Arts Anvers 2012

MA R I US JA N USAUS KAS


SPONSORING M A Fa s h i o n C e n t r a l S a i n t M a r t i n s L o n d o n 2 0 1 3

ELENA CREHAN


SPONSORING Royal College of Art London 2012

A L EXA N D E R JAM ES

HIROAKI KANEI


SPONSORING L o n d o n C o l l e g e o f Fa s h i o n 2 0 1 2

C O L L A B O R AT I V E P R O J E C T B A FA S H I O N AND CONTOUR


SPONSORING Parsons the New School for Design NY 2012

JA D E R OZ E N B R O E K


SPONSORING Fe s t i v a l d ’ H y è r e s 2 0 1 2

CÉLINE MÉTEIL


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Y VO N N E KWO K


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