Guess What Today Is?!

Guys! Guys! Guys! Guys! It’s July 11th! Do you know what that means? It’s Kate Middleton’s due date! Apparently there is some nonsense about it maybe being pushed back to saturday, but today is the original. And in honor of that, here is a list of the top articles surrounding the impending birth. Everyone is anxious to report on everything, and it can get a little silly. But it’s also pretty exciting!

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Lesage, Paris

If the name Lesage doesn’t get your heart beating, please leave now. This legendary house, started in 1924, when the embroiderer Michonet sold his house to Marie-Louise and Albert Lesage, is one of six remaining embroidery houses in Paris. The Metiers d’art, or craftsmen, are the ones responsible for the couture you see every season. The costume jewelers, feather workers, milliners, bookmakers, glove makers, fabric pleaters, and embroiderers are the ones who make the exquisite pieces you see on the couture runways (under the designers direction, of course).

 Chanel Sketches

Lesage is perhaps the most famous because of it’s work with Chanel. Yes, it is the house that embroiders Chanel. But Lesage has worked with many other legendary designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Elsa Schiaparelli being two (they still have samples from Elsa-all the way back to the 1930’s!)

They also work with new and emerging designers, Mary Katrantzou being the most notable. As a side note, I am obsessed with her, and was almost more excited to see a garden-print dress being embellished than a tweed being made.

Lesage has over 60 tons of materials, and only 60 employees. Everything is stored beautifully, right down to the color-coded thread in antique shelves. They also have an incredible archive- every time they make a sample it is put into their archive, so they have amassed quite the collection after almost 90 years.

One of the best parts was learning about how the designers collaborate with the craftspeople- designers will come and give the theme, and then the craftsperson will create samples based on the theme and what they think the designer is looking for. The designer will then pick their favorite, and a series of drawings and patterns and samples are made. Once the embroidery is complete, the pieces go back to their respective fashion houses and are assembled there. Pretty cool, right?

Fall Fashion Obsessions…

Mary Katrantzou (I’m literally obsessed. Obsessed. I mean come on. It’s so.good.
Proenza Schouler (also obsessed. Come fall those boots will be mine. All of them.)
Creatures of the Wind (so avant-garde)
Balmain (would die to own one of those jackets)
Haider Ackerman (so beautiful, no words)
Roberto Cavalli (fur maxi? I think yes!)
Carven (second newest obsession, after Mary K.)
Isabel Marant (I want to own everything. EverythingBut especially the lace pieces)
 and Chanel (because there was a baby in the show, and because it’s Chanel)
Photos via Style, WWD, NYMag