Designer and manufacturer of high-end household linen since 1888

 

History

A French House

Once upon a time... There was a French House

In 1861, Benjamin Baer moved to Gerardmer in the east of France, known as the cradle of the textile industry, to work as « fabric manufacturer », in this case meaning a merchant-retailer of pieces woven by rural artisans working in their homes.
Upon his death in 1888, his partner, Nathan Levy, took over the business and gave it his name, creating a new company with his brother Elie: «Nathan Lévy and Company».
14 years later in 1902, the two brothers decided to build their own mechanical weaving workshop. Under the impetus of the new generation of managers, the fast-growing company took over a bleaching workshop in 1928.

Destruction and Renewal

Destroyed during the Second World War, the Nathan Lévy weaving business was quickly rebuilt and was thus able to produce a complete range of cotton, linen and blended-fibre white linens.
In 1968, the ELIS group (Europe Linge Service), owner of large industrial laundries, acquired the manufacturing process and the fleet of 65 latest-generation Jacquard looms.
The famous brand ‘Le Jacquard Français’ was born in 1974.

Destruction and Renewal
Birth of a style

Birth of a style

1978 marked a real turning point in the history of the brand, with the start of the collaboration with the famous stylist Primrose Bordier.
At a time when white reigned supreme in household linens, Primrose Bordier revolutionised home decor with her fantastical eye and colourful textiles. With her, Le Jacquard Français innovated technically, invested in colour research and gave household linens a new feel with colourful collections. Domestic linens became a fashion accessory and LJF made a mark with its creative style, combining original patterns and bold colour combinations.

Since then the brand has constantly reinvented itself, innovating and expanding its offer. Bath linens, outdoor collections, decorative accessories, etc. Today, Le Jacquard Français is a shared point of reference across generations for all those who have a passion for beautiful linens and home decor.

 

Manufacturing Secrets

The art of weaving

The art of weaving

From spooling the fibre to final construction, weaving and finishing, this eight-step expertise requires precise technique and an infinite sense of detail to produce the most beautiful creations.

For over 130 years, we have been committed to the artful preservation of the technique of jacquard weaving in France. Invented in the 19th century by Joseph-Marie Jacquard, it automates the weaving of a damask fabric. "Damask" is a fabric whose designs are visible on both the front and the back.

Today, thanks to our 54 Jacquard looms, the House produces a very large number of original patterns, with remarkable precision and finesse.

In 2010, Le Jacquard Français was awarded the EPV (Living Heritage Enterprise) certification for its excellence in craftsmanship and industry, something of which our teams remain very proud.

Exceptional materials

You can’t make exceptional products without exceptional raw materials!
We use almost exclusively natural materials and select the finest quality fibres.

Our Masters of Linen certified cotton and linen threads are made with the longest fibres, which are rarer and of better quality, allowing for more intense colours. These fin, combed threads give our patterns an incomparable shine and precision.

More than 40 colours are developed every year. Each thread colour is tested against light and UV rays to meet our quality standards. The colours and designs of our fabrics remain bright year after year.

Exceptional materials
Gold hands

Gold hands

Weavers, knotters, warpers, bonders...all these crafts and techniques are carried out with passion and have been for generations in our Gerardmer factory.
It is this community of talent that has helped to build our House, recognised worldwide for its quality and creativity. Gold hands which allow us to continue to manufacture quality products in France.

In order to evolve and meet the needs of to new consumers, our teams combine technological innovation with ancestral expertise as they work on our collections, inventing new manufacturing processes, using new fibres and new materials to design ever more functional and attractive products.

Creation and inspiration

Warm and generous, our collections are rich in colour, joyful and shimmering. They are an invitation to travel, to tell a story, evoke a memory, express a desire, and they help create the soul and spirit of your home.

Every year, our design team produces two collections, featuring new models and new colour combinations inspired by the seasons and trends.

The fruit of encounters and shared expertise, Le Jacquard Français also offers unique collaborations with companies that share our values and our vision of the French lifestyle, such as the Haute Couture and Venezia Cristal collections with Swarovski crystals, La Cornue and Le Slip Français.

Creation and inspiration
 

Global Distribution

Global Distribution

Le Jacquard Français brings together 120 employees, all proud to weave 100% of their creations in France, in their Gérardmer workshop.
A standard presence at the most prestigious points of sale, in France and abroad, as a French brand the company enjoys an unequalled international aspect. Les Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, Le Bon Marché in France, Harrods in London, La Rinascente in Milan, Le Corte Ingles in Spain, Le KaDeWe in Germany and Isetan in Japan are all internationally renowned brands which contribute to the influence of Le Jacquard Français.

Similarly, the richness and pride of this brand with more than 1,400 partners around the world is enhanced by many sales outlets specialising in household linen, tableware, high-end kitchen equipment, gifts, decoration and, more recently, “gourmet” or concept stores.

 

Our values

When we manufacture such precious products, of course we feel responsible for their impact throughout their life cycle. This is why we are committed to sustainable development in all our work, both as a manufacturer and as a distributor. This means sustainability from an environmental perspective, of course, but also from a social perspective.

Made in France

Certified Made in France

For over 130 years we have continued the tradition of weaving in our Vosges factory. French manufacturing for products that are as beautiful as they are durable and which preserve ancestral expertise. Made in France for tradition.

Le Jacquard Français preserves local employment as much as possible both in terms of production and when subcontracting. A Responsible and Ethical Purchasing Charter has been adopted by all our suppliers. Our high-quality products are designed to last. Choosing French production also means limiting our environmental impact and emissions linked to transport.

And because having confidence in our products is essential, we bear the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label® for all our 100% cotton products (excluding coated, bliss and stain-resistant, which are currently being certified), which certifies the limited use of substances hazardous to health and the environment during the manufacture of the textiles and at all stages of their processing. Our other products are in the process of being certified.

Thoughtful consumption

We primarily use natural materials and select the finest fibre qualities. For our linen products, we now hold the Masters of Linen certification®. This is a registered trademark and a seal of excellence which is 100% Made in Europe: it guarantees the European traceability of linen, from the plant to the fibre and finally the fabric. A benchmark for professionals and consumers!

Our commitment to producing high-quality European linen is also expressed through our partnership with the Terre de Lin cooperative, in which the dairy farmers strive to preserve specific expertise by developing their practices in terms of production, respect for the environment and social commitment.

Heritage

Our motto has always been to make products to last. The quality of the materials and dyes we use allows us to guarantee you a quality which lasts over time, without distortion to the fabrics or fading patterns. Our products can thus be passed down from generation to generation.

Considered consumption
Second Life

A second life for our products

We make every effort not to throw anything away. For example, we sell end-of-series products or seconds in our five factory stores and in flash sales. We have pencil cases and bags made from recycled defective fabrics by Support Establishments and Services (ESAT) located near the factory. This provides work for people with disabilities, thus supporting their social and professional integration or reintegration, limits material loss and waste, and gives our products a second life. These items are available in our Parisian boutiques and soon at our resellers.

We also partner with several companies who are looking to create more responsible products; this is called upcycling. We give them our unused fabrics, and they give them a great second life!  Find our fabrics at: ZoéEssentiel, Gaelle Constantini, Kufu…

Greener packaging

Our boxes are made in France from fully recyclable cardboard. We are gradually changing our packaging to make it more recyclable and limit our packaging to what is strictly necessary.

Environmental Footprints
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