Exquisite From The Start: A Brief History Of Lace

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TAKERS AND LEAVERS

The history of French lace is more dramatic than one might imagine and lace is as important to CÉLESTE as it is to the lacemaking region of France where it is sourced. Despite wars with the English, the fine lace-makers of Calais, France smuggled looms into the country to ensure generations of hand-made lace remained part of the region’s rich history. This is where CÉLESTE stretch laces are made, and done so by master lace-makers on century-old Leaver looms. Lace-makers load thousands of threads into the large machine, of which weigh several tons, and require a great deal of physical strength for their operation. Today, Leavers lace is only produced in two cities in the region, one of which is Calais—known for specializing in lace for lingerie. While each garment adorned with this exquisite lace contains a part of history, it also demonstrates the demands of a more modern luxury lingerie market by using fine fibers that are able to depict the most intricate lace pattern details with stretch recovery to help your CÉLESTE gown maintain its shape over time.

 

A french lace machinist, 1951 photo by Norman Vigars
A french lace machinist, 1951 photo by Norman Vigars
A modern day lace maker working on machines from the 19th century.
A modern day lace maker working on machines from the 19th century.

It is no less than thrilling to know that the beautiful laces we use at CELESTE are created on the same century old machines that have created lace for decades of royalty, Christian Dior and Charles Worth! Our laces come from the worlds leading manufacturer of Leavers lace, dating from the 19th century. Three generations of lace-makers, manufacturers and mechanics, persistently continue with the task of their ancestors, combining tradition and modernity. For over a century, the stewards of this craft have succeeded one another and have become attached to developing incomparable expertise.

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