PARIS — Chanel has added another stem to its bouquet of specialty ateliers.
On Monday, Maison Lesage, controlled by Chanel, said it had acquired the Lanel embroidery atelier, founded in 1949 and serving couture houses including Chanel, Dior and Valentino.
According to Lesage, Lanel boasts two exceptional archive collections: 10,000 embroidery samples its in-house artisans created plus another 1,000 samples purchased in the Fifties from Ramos, a specialist in passementerie.
Today, Lanel employs nine embroidery specialists.
Lesage acquired Lanel from its current artistic director, Régis Lièvre, who bought the company in 1984 from founder Madame de Rop. Lesage noted that Lièvre, 62, would remain at the helm until his retirement next May.
Chanel acquired Lesage in 2002 through its subsidiary Paraffection, which groups companies including Scottish knitwear maker 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.
Lesage boasts an archive of more than 60,000 samples.