Lesage Acquires Vastrakala

The Chanel-controlled embroiderer has bought the Indian atelier along with 70 percent of Jean-François Lesage SAS.

On Wednesday, Maison Lesage, controlled by Chanel, said it had acquired 70 percent of Jean-François Lesage SAS, including its Vastrakala embroidery atelier based in Chennai, India.

Founded in 1999, Vastrakala, which today employs 174 embroiderers, has lent its expert craftsmanship to numerous ready-to-wear and accessory lines done by Maison Lesage for many brands, including Chanel, which snapped up the Parisian embroidery house in 2002 in a bid to preserve its savoir-faire.

Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, said: “This acquisition will allow Lesage Paris and Vastrakala to continue the family’s successful, long-standing collaboration based on a common passion: the art of hand embroidery.”

Other specialty ateliers in Chanel’s portfolio include Scottish knitwear firm Barrie, glove maker Causse, embroiderer Montex, gold and silversmith Goossens, shoemaker Massaro, hat maker A. Michel, feather house Lemarié, button maker Desrues, flower house Guillet and pleat specialist Lognon.

Separately, Jean-François Lesage SAS announced it had changed its name to Lesage Intérieurs, given its strong activity in interior design and decoration.

Lesage noted that Jean-François Lesage, son of the late François Lesage, would remain “in charge of the artistic department and development of Lesage Intérieurs’ interior design business and continue to work with all of its customers.”