French tradition and inside knowledge has been passed down four generations from 1914 to create these luxury fabrics which are now renowned around the world.
Henri Lelièvre, the founder of Maison Lelièvre, established the company in 1914 after acquiring the Maison Piquéé and Logerot on 36 rue des Petits Champs in the second arrondissement of Paris.
Lelièvre received the bronze medal for commerce during the French exhibition in Amsterdam. Only a year after its buy-in, the company declared a turnover of 74,800 gold francs.
Their catalogue consisted of around 70 fabrics and a total of 200 coloursPrices varied from 38 to 165 francs reaching up to 245 francs per metre for a 60cm wide velvet carpet in the style of Louis XV. Lelièvre supplied a famous clientele, including the eminent decorator Jansen, and to add a touch of history, the houses of Tassinari & Chatel and Manach were already buying their velvet from Lelièvre at the time. Internationally, Lelièvre had orders from Algeria, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland.
Following the early death of Henri Lelièvre, Madeleine Lelièvre ran the company, before her son could take over once he had finished his studies.
Paul Lelièvre took over the family business and started to develop silk velvets.
Lelièvre left rue des Petits Champs and moved close-by, also in the second arrondissement of Paris, to 13 rue du Mail where it remains today.
Paul Lelièvre acquires Victor Coates, company founded in 1972 and specialized in english patterns. Lelièvre Paris generates a turnover of 20 millions francs and numbers 70 persons.
Patrick Lelièvre joins the company
a manufacture specialized in the weaving of silk, included their precious fabrics archive.
“Athena” is the best seller of the year
Paul Lelièvre acquires a land in Compiègne (France) to build a logistics centre to centralize, store and ship fabrics from a single point in France to the whole world.
Alcantara is distributed exclusively by Lelièvre Paris in France
Gaston y Daniel is distributed exclusively by Lelièvre Paris in France
The company acquires one of the icon of French savoir faire:
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Launch of the first Lelièvre accessories collection
Emmanuel Lelièvre is now the general manager of the company. He represents the 4th generation of the family… Under his leadership, the house become ever more creative and audacious. Lelièvre is distributed worldwide, with 4 subsidiaries (Germany, Italy, Dubai, United Kingdom) and a distribution network covering China, Russia and the United States.
First Sonia Rykiel for Lelievre collection
First Jean Paul Gaultier for Lelievre collection
Yuza, is the best seller of the year
The flagship showroom Rue du Mail is renovated.
First wallpaper collection, « Les Papiers » by Jean Paul Gaultier for Lelièvre
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The restaurant «Rech by Alain Ducasse», designed by Marie Deroudhilhe, at the InterContinental Hong Kong, features our» Astral «fabric in a Trevira CS version. Lelièvre was one of the first editors to develop entire collections dedicated to the specificities of the hotel
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Lelièvre changes its baseline: more design, more creative.
House of Hackney is distributed exclusively by Lelièvre Paris in France
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