On March 19, 2016

On July, I will open an old textile shop § arts of fashion  in Pont L'Evêque .

It will be located 16 rue de Vaucelles in the City class neighborhood where are very beautiful old mansions.

I still do not know the exact date of opening will depend on the progress of work. The lovely house where I sit, which dates from 1880 needs a major renovation.And it does not depend entirely on me.

I think I can reconcile this place for my taste the past and my taste for fashion "vintage". Fashion is an eternal. Find the inspirations of fashion designers in textiles, fabrics and laces is really rewarding.There will be in this shop, both, laces of the 18th century and creations YSL,Hermes, Dior , Chanel etc ... Why not, isn'it ?

I show and sell lace only by appointment


The October 4, 2014

The couvige Puy-En-Velay was originally beautiful games and I visited this charming city .
I am very happy and
I hope to return next


le puy -en - velay


Notre Dame de France

lace butterfly

Bobbin lace butterflies

Here I am with my friend and tradeswoman Martine Issartel

Here I am with my friend and tradeswoman Martine Issartel


The September 25, 2014

During July the site was very disturbed.

Desperate times, desperate measures! So I closed the site and changed web host (OVH is a guarantee of seriousness).

An extremely competent webmaster has put everything in order and is in charge of my site. Now I think everything will go well.

Please forgive me for all these disturbances and I am happy to meet you again and offer new laces, various treasures and finds.

 

October Saturday4, I will participate in 25th International Couvige lace Puy en Velay.

 

 

The lace and needle arts show took place in Caen on May


It's always a great pleasure to meet Claudette and Michel Bouvot  and we are welcomed by the team of volunteers who ensure our well-being.

Christine Debord

Here with my friend christine Debord.

I presented a dating dress 70s lace Calais

Haute Couture branded Castillo

Robe haute couture Castillo

 

 


 

Identification of lace

 


Although not being myself lace, I am very respectful of their past and contemporary production. Learning to look and identify the lace is learning to love them. And I do not mean the market value ...

If I can help, I would be happy to contribute by the descriptions of lace available in my catalog.

Between specialists are not always agree on the history and location of some lace, they are copied and inspired each other and it's not always easy to navigate through this jungle. Moreover, the more I learn, the more I feel ignorant. But it is a truism! But to differentiate the mechanical hand, we always agree. Doubt is not possible!

A lace that I took time to understand is the black lace of Chantilly, the mechanics are very well done and well mimic the "hand".

To see more clearly in the "black", I think the easiest way is to watch the full mesh.

The mesh filled with a black lace mechanics presents a knitted appearance.The mesh of woven lace bobbin seems.

Obviously, there is the touch, but on the internet ...

Here is a picture of knitted mesh

Machine made black Chantilly lace

 

Here a hand made Chantilly lace

Chantilly bobbin lace

 

 

Long and short stories of laces.

 



The lace was actually born at the en of the XV century. Italy and especially Venice is unmistakably the cradle of needle lace. The first iconographic documents found came from Venice; they are paintings of Bellini and Carpaccio. The first document referring to laces was discovered in Milan in 1493 in a stock of the Sforza-Visconti family. Concerning bobbin laces, we don’t really know whether we should give credit of invention to Italy or Flanders.
The lace got the success it deserved and quickly spread throughout Europe arousing passions.
Nowadays, we have difficulty imagining the impact of lace on the public finances of the XVII century. A real economic war!! Lace was the symbol of wealth and luxury. At court, people made appearances dressed in laces and the noble people ruined themselves in France and England for buying these Flemish or Italian treasures.
To remedy to the capital drain, France (1626) and England (1662) forbidden these imports. The fact of forbidding resulted to fraud and smuggling all over Europe. The ingenuity of the smugglers competed, in a way, with the ability of the lace makers…

An anecdote that shows of what the smugglers were capable: in the 1800’s, they trained dogs to be able to carry laces between France and Belgium. These animals were particularly well treated in France; however they were brought back to Belgium where they were always mistreated. So once the dogs were released, they of course ran back to France where they had better living conditions. But they didn’t leave alone...the smugglers attached a kind of second skin where the laces were kept between.


 

 

 



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