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Lelièvre is a French company that has produced furnishing textiles since 1914, the year in which the French family founded the brand bearing its name. The four generations that have succeeded one another over time have perpetuated the company's identity. Lelièvre is an expertly balanced mix of manufacturing, technology, aesthetics and passion for raw materials. The constantly growing business has had the opportunity to create, manufacture and distribute furnishing textiles of undeniable quality. Specialised silks and velvets are the starting points from which designers take their cues to develop ideas, suggestions or objects that maintain their timeless appeal. Iconic and revolutionary, active and always looking to future design challenges, Lelièvre is a contemporary leader in the furnishing textiles sector. The brand, headquartered in Lyon, has expanded its distribution worldwide, relying on a dense network of agents and retailers.

Lelièvre, fabrics for upholstery, curtains or wallpapers

Lelièvre's rich fabrics production seeks the right balance between human ingenuity and technology and the use of avant-garde and modern machinery, without forgetting the themes around which most of the collections revolve: nature, water, flora and folklore. The brand's steady growth is in part due to collaborations with some of the most renowned fashion brands in the world, from Sonia Rykiel to Jean Paul Gaultier. For Lelièvre, fabric design does not stop at the concept phase; it is shaped, interpreted and adapted it to the individual client's needs. The result is a rich, versatile and original production characterised by a high degree of customisation.
Made of entangled leaves, shrubs and wicker objects, VACOA is an textile for curtains or walls inspired by the French Reunion Island, its architecture and atmosphere. The 11 vivid colours have pleasantly impressed enthusiasts and professionals worldwide, enthralled by the bright but neutral colouring - homogeneous and rich in unusual shades. Soft to the touch and opaque, the composition encapsulates the aesthetics of a brand focused on the mix of opposites that attract, expertly mixed in a game of contrasts that gravitate around the final result. VACOA paved the way for other curtains and wallcoverings, culminating in 2017 with the much-awaited EVASIONS collection. EVASIONS is much more than a collection of articles, textures, and patterns displayed according to aesthetic tastes. The tropical print is the most iconic and repeated motif of the season. However, there are also many exciting references to raw, irregular, angular and often rough nature, for example in the LAMA fabric. Lelièvre's interesting experimentation does not neglect plays of geometries and symmetries. The KAYAPO pattern evokes typical French gardens, cleverly linked to the influences of the Kayapo codes originating from the Amazonian populations.

From France: The quality of Lelièvre fabrics since 1914

Henri Lelièvre, founder of Maison Lelièvre, established the company in 1914 after acquiring Maison Piqué and Logerot in 36 rue des Petits Champs in the second arrondissement of Paris. As early as 1932, the catalogue consisted of about 70 fabrics and a total of 200 colours. At the time, Lelièvre supplied a prominent clientele, including the eminent decorator Jansen. Tassinari & Chatel and Manach sourced their velvet from Lelièvre. Internationally, Lelièvre received orders from Algeria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland. In 1942, Paul Lelièvre, son of Henri, who died in 1935, took over the family business and began developing silks. Within a few years, he moved the company to 13 Rue du Mail, the brand's current headquarters. In 1954 Paul Lelièvre acquired Victor Coates, a company specialising in English patterns founded in 1927. Lelièvre Paris generates a turnover of 20 million francs and employs 70 people.
Over the years, the company grew, releasing many best-selling products: Athena in 1976 and Yuza in 2016. The acquisition of Tassinari & Chatel, one of the icons of French savoir-faire, dates to 1997. That same year, the first Lelièvre accessories collection was launched. In 2009, Emmanuel Lelièvre became the company's general manager, representing the family's fourth generation. Under his leadership, the house became increasingly creative and daring. Lelièvre is distributed worldwide, with 4 subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Dubai, United Kingdom, and a distribution network covering China, Russia and the United States. In 2010, the first collection designed by Sonia Rykiel was born. Two years later, the company began collaborating with Jean-Paul Gaultier, who designed "Les Papiers" in 2017, Lelièvre's first wallpaper collection. ... More ... less

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