Like an infinite inner journey, creation is also a journey through the world. Macon&Lesquoy do not hesitate to cross the seas and oceans to discover know-how and find the best craftsmen.
CANNETILLA IN PAKISTAN: The manufacture of embroidered jewellery
Bead, gold and silver thread embroideries have developed from the 17th century in Asia and Europe.
It is a very ancient know-how in Pakistan, where the craftspeople are highly qualified. Under the rule of the British Empire, the grandfather of Macon&Lesquoy’s foreman actually embroidered the English military uniforms. Passed from father to son, the business is now managed by Muhammad, with whom Macon&Lesquoy decided to implement their own workshop, so as to benefit from their outstanding skills. Sixty embroiders work there exclusively, full time, under social and safety conditions imposed, enforced and regularly monitored by the two designers.
The Cannetilla technique requires a special metal thread to be very finely wound in a spiral, cut at the desired length, and then embroidered like beads. This Cannetilla, or bullion thread, is made in Pakistan, where the metal industry is still flourishing.
MACHINE EMBROIDERY IN PORTUGAL: The manufacture of patches
Portugal, the European textile cradle, is renowned for its know-how in tailoring, accessories and beautiful finishes - such as embroidery.
Macon&Lesquoy have chosen to entrust the manufacture of their patches to Luis' small, human-sized factory, which is reactive and very open to experimentation. This company has all the textile standards that Europe imposes and is regularly audited.
NEEDLE PAINTING IN RWANDA : Cotton thread embroidery
Macon&Lesquoy entrusted the task of making the brand's embroideries using cotton thread, to the cooperative in Rutongo, a village near Kigali.
A story of friendship first: with the talented Véronique from the Ibaba Rwanda workshop, and then of multiple passions: for "grandmother's embroidery" and for the creativity of the African continent, M&L values the know-how of needle painting.
Marie wanted to find the gestures of her grandmother who was embroidering. And it was with Rwandan craftswomen that she met this very moving know-how, which allows emotions to filter through. Each embroidery is unique, the series are very small.
Leather work in Paris, with Félicie
Cock-a-doodle-doo! For Macon&Lesquoy, the best tanneries and the most environmentally friendly leather are in France. Félicie Bajard delicately makes all the brand's leather items in her Paris workshop. Her long experience with well known luxury brands benefits M&L, who have become "experts in small accessories". As with all their creations, M&L wants to offer their customers more luxurious products with more accurate finishes, at an affordable price.
Sewing in Granville
Leather goods aside, all the seams of Macon&Lesquoy products are sewn in their workshop in Granville. The bags, flags, belt assembly and the delicate assembly of the lamb bracelets are made by Anne. Anne joined M&L in 2015 and has been able to change hats with talent several times. She now runs the "prototyping and small series" workshop in Normandy.
From wool to hat : MontCapel, a unique know-how in France
Our partner MontCapel manufactures quality hats in wool felt in its workshops in the Upper Aude Valley. Our hats are entirely made in France. There are about 30 manufacturing steps and 10 people working in turn on the hat. A unique artisanal know-how: the hat factory of MontCapel is the last one in France able to manufacture hats from the wool to the finished product.
MontCapel is also a cooperative project that supports the preservation of a rare know-how and the development of a historical industrial site that you can visit: www.montcapel.com
We have completed this hat with a removable ribbon whose embroidery is interchangeable:
Our grosgrain ribbons are made of cotton.
Our embroideries are handmade in our Pakistani workshop.
See Cannetilla in Pakistan above