PARIS — Chanel now has two Salzburg connections.
On the eve of its Métiers d’art presentation, due to take place in the Austrian city on Tuesday, the Chanel-owned embroiderer Maison Lesage said it has acquired tweed specialist A.C.T. 3 for an undisclosed sum.
Based in Jurançon, France, A.C.T. 3 employs 16 people and specializes in creating fabrics and tweeds destined for couture, ready-to-wear, accessories and interior design houses. Under the creative direction of Salzburg native Maria Messner, the firm has been developing special tweeds with Lesage since 2003.
“This acquisition will allow us to continue to strengthen a fruitful collaboration dating back several years,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel and president of Maison Lesage.
“A.C.T. 3 represents an exceptional know-how vital to the creations of Maison Lesage, with their unusual mix of materials (sequins, organzas, ribbons, leather laces, etc.), as the driving force behind the unique, inimitable signature of Maison Lesage’s tweeds,” he added.
A.C.T. 3 will continue to collaborate with existing clients in the realms of fashion and interior design, Lesage said.
Lesage is one of the specialty ateliers Chanel controls through its Paraffection subsidiary. These include the jeweler Desrues, feather maker Lemarié, embroiderers Maison Lesage and Atelier Montex, shoemaker Massaro, milliner Michel and cashmere producer Barrie.