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Le Manach, a French treasure

The House of Le Manach is the very quintessence of French style, a subtle mix of French tradition and exoticism. It takes its inspiration from the silks of the Far East and Central Asia, in the printed cottons of the 18th century, but also in the Art Deco period and ethnic motifs.

Origins

A silk fabric factory founded in 1829 by Eugène Fey and Charles Martin, it was run by various associates during the 19th century. Georges Le Manach, whose name is still attached to the brand today, joined the House in 1906 and played an active role in its growth and reputation. After being managed by the same family for five generations, Le Manach was acquired by Pierre Frey in 2014.

History

1829

Creation of the "Manufacture des Trois Tours"

Eugène Fey and Charles Martin decided to set up a silk factory in Tours, in an old 18th-century post house. Their workshop included all the production steps for fabrics - spinning, weaving, dyeing - and produced brocatelles, damasks and lampas that rivalled the finest fabrics from Lyon. 

1849 - 1863

The period of awards

The Manufacture won many awards at the International Expositions of 1849, 1855 and 1863, holding high the idea of beauty. Its fabrics decorated many historical homes and châteaux, including Compiègne, Fontainebleau, Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte.

1875

Acquisition of the archives

Under France's Second Empire, Le Manach acquired many textile archives to stimulate their creations and their sense of innovation. The House once again applied techniques that had been somewhat forgotten and contributed to the rediscovery of a precious craft.

1894

The first prints

The House had been specialized in silk, but Messrs. Démonté and Poirier, the directors at the time, decided to diversify the House's product offer by producing prints on percale and going into warp printing.

1906

Georges Le Manach

Monsieur Démonté's associate, Georges Le Manach, married his daughter and brought the House into the modern era. He developed the Toiles de Tours and took up a new creative approach focusing on collaborations with interior decorators, notably René Prou. 

1928

"Les Toiles de Tours" or avant-gardism

That is the name that Georges Le Manach gave to the new type of jacquard that he developed in the 1920s. For the Paris Colonial Exposition he presented a collection of African inspiration, then a second in a geometrical spirit. Encouraged by this success, he went further and transposed a large number of classical velvets and brocatelles into spun rayon and cotton. 

2014

Pierre Frey acquires Le Manach

Very committed to France's textile heritage, the House of Pierre Frey decided to acquire Le Manach and to save the heritage collection at this bastion of unique know-how.  Le Manach came back to life in keeping with its history and the magic of its products. 

2018

Olivier Joannen, a decorated hand loom weaver

The House of Pierre Frey promotes exceptional know-how and brought along Olivier Joannen, a hand loom weaver at Le Manach, to join in the relaunch adventure. Named a Knight of France's Order of Arts and Letters, he was decorated by the Minister of Culture in November 2018.

Le Manach aujourd’hui

Méconnue du grand public, Le Manach est adulée par les esthètes. Les toiles de tours sont réinventées en sur-mesure ou via des colorations inédites, le velours léopard tissé à bras remporte toujours un immense succès et les archives se déclinent en papiers peints somptueux fabriqués dans les règles de l'Art.

Les archives

Le fonds patrimonial de la Maison Pierre Frey rassemble plus de 6500 documents et archives Le Manach, du 16e siècle à aujourd'hui. Cette collection, composée de textiles, mises en carte, dessins, témoigne de la qualité des réalisations de cette illustre Maison et offre une source d'inspiration illimitée pour le studio de création et nos clients décorateurs.

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