The 184-year-old manufacturer of woven and printed fabrics located in Tours, France, is one of the last French maisons able to produce French silks and velvets on handlooms. By acquiring the Maison Le Manach, Pierre Frey expands its brand portfolio and its history of preserving French heritage.
According to Patrick Frey, who now is the head of the Maison, which was founded by his father, “Our goal is to preserve the historic capital of one of the last great French Houses of furnishing textiles.”
Going back to Louis XI, Le Manach produces made to order collections that span a range of decorative styles, from the great classics to fabrics with a more contemporary spirit. It was the first company to be recognized with the designation of “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company) in 2006, an award granted by the State to French companies who distinguish themselves by their craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence. Pierre Frey also received the award for it’s weaving mill in Cambrai.
Pierre Frey and Le Manach have both contributed to projects such as the renovation of the Châteaux of Versailles and Fontainebleau, the National Assembly and the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris. Their fabrics are also present in many embassies and palaces around the world.
Photos feature Le Manach textiles