French Savoir Faire – 19 february 2016
The World of Maison Fabre
For four generations, the Maison Fabre has been creating the most beautiful gloves. An exceptional “made in France” know-how who seduces elegant and refined men around the world, without ever denying its origins in Aveyron.
A glamorous accessory
Quilted, embroidered, studded, embellished with fur, feathers or in the simplicity of its shape, the glove is an indispensable fashion accessory for lovers of understated luxury. Either it is long or short, or even mittens, hot or mild, the glove symbolizes a form of ultimate refinement. The pictures of the greatest actresses of an unrivaled glamor necessary therefore shrouded. Already in 1950, the Maison Fabre provided Christian Dior where Grace Kelly was coming to buy her gloves. This is also the house that made those worn by Nicole Kidman in the film by Olivier Dahan dedicated to the American actress. Twenty pairs of long lamb gloves adorned with pearl buttons or in satin French cotton. A refinement also attracting more and more women and men around the world who see in these few grams of leather, a special way to mark their difference and assert their style.
The culture spirit
La Maison Fabre has been perpetuating this craftsmanship since 1924. If the workshops are still in Millau, in Aveyron, its products are sold worldwide. But it is at the Palais Royal that the glove house has opened its first flagship store in 2008. A natural choice for Olivier Fabre, representing the fourth generation leading the family business. “This place, flagship of the house, marked a first major shift, confirms Olivier Fabre. The Palais Royal is both chic and confidential. I imagine seeing Cocteau and Colette walk under the arcades … and the light is magical. “Culture is also intimately linked to the history of the house either through painting or cinema. La Maison Fabre has achieved a single pair of gloves as a tribute to the painter Pierre Soulages, himself being from Aveyron. Or recreated gloves for Beauty and the Beast, the legendary film of Jean Cocteau to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the poet. These gloves will be at the heart of an exhibition held at the Museum of the glove of Millau, from June. Dubbed If love was told to me, it will explore the feelings of love in fairy tales, curated by Dominique Marny, niece of Jean Cocteau and chairman of the Cocteau committee. “This exhibit perfectly symbolizes the alliance between the Maison Fabre and culture. We are guided by the cinema, literature and of course fashion to create our collections and exceptional items, such as the Beauty and the Beast, “says Olivier Fabre.
Expo l’air du viaduc, du 8 avril 2016 à novembre 2016
Si l’amour m’était conté, du 11 juin à novembre 2016 au Musée de Millau, Hôtel de Pegayrolles Place Foch 12100 Millau
A luxury perfume
Precisely, the young man has many ideas bubbling to sustain the business that he was able to bring into a new era, without denying its past and its craft traditions. The Maison Fabre gloves are still produced in Millau with the best lamb skins. All steps, from the choice of skins to the cutting, assembly, embroidery and the famous English sewing – a specificity of Millau – are made there. A very special know-how that has earned the house to get the label “Living Heritage Company” and participate in another exceptional project: recreating the perfumed gloves of Marie Antoinette. . Inspired by the patterns of a dress of the queen, handmade embroidery magnify the delicacy of theivory plunged lambskin of those perfumed gloves. sublime detail, these gloves (only two pairs were created) are scented with Eau d’Ange, the fragrance that the Queen was getting at the perfumer master Houbigant, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, or at her private perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon. Delicate scents that also perfume the Marie Antoinette style, inspired by a pair of gloves worn by the queen and lined with silk. This is also in Versailles, that the Maison Fabre has opened a second shop in the heart of the Cour des Senteurs, close to the castle.
To recognize this expertise, Olivier Fabre argues for creating a master glover training platform and for the classification of the glove of Millau and the English sewing technique into the UNESCO heritage. A step that would allow access to the creation of an international center of fashion and glove like the one dedicated to the lace in Calais. “Throughout 2016, we will develop and showcase our business in partnership with the National Council of Leather. A large exhibition will be installed on the Millau viaduct area that welcome nearly two million tourists each year, says Olivier Fabre. We have a strong identity, a unique know-how and a made in France quality. Our role is to push the limits in order to value and to recognize these qualities. ”