Pierre Frey announces the acquisition of the esteemed Maison Le Manach, a manufacturer of woven and printed fabrics located in Tours, France since 1829. This recent addition expands the existing brand portfolio of Pierre Frey, which includes Braquenié (purchased in 1991) and Boussac Fadini-Borghi (purchased in 2004).
According to Patrick Frey, who now is the head of the Maison founded by his father, “our goal is to preserve the historic capital of one of the last great French Houses of furnishing textiles.” Le Manach is one of the last French Maisons able to produce French silks and velvets on handlooms. This editor and manufacturer of upholstery fabrics descends from a long tradition of silk weaving in France’s Touraine region which began with Louis XI. Although they produce in a time-honored way, Le Manach’s made to order collections span a range of decorative styles, from the great classics to fabrics with a more contemporary spirit. In fact their custom work with the world’s finest designers and design projects means that their fabrics have evolved with the design trends of the time. The quality of the weave, the choice of colors and the variety of designs has always attracted high-end professionals whose work continues to contribute to Le Manach’s international renown.
Le Manach 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. This honorable designation is just one of the many similarities with Pierre Frey, who also received the award for it’s weaving mill in Cambrai.
In fact, both Maisons have a history of preserving French heritage. With their invaluable archival collections and passion for excellence, they have both contributed to exceptional projects, such as the renovation of the Châteaux of Versailles and Fontainebleau, the National Assembly and the Pailais de l’Elysée in Paris. Their fabrics are also present in many embassies and palaces around the world.
By acquiring Le Manach, Pierre Frey is proud to preserve and promote the know-how of a great French house and will continue to combine expertise and creativity, work and passion, tradition and innovation, legacy and future.