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La Chanelphile

December 4, 2011

Rest In Peace François Lesage

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François Lesage, the heir to the Maison Lesage embroidery studio, passed away last week at the age of 82 after losing his battle to his illness.  Maison Lesage was created by François’ father and he took the helm when his father passed away in 1949.  Though Maison Lesage was the embroidery studio for all of Paris’ best designers, this is particularly sad for Chanel because Chanel bought Maison Lesage in 2002 as part of Paraffection in a plan to preserve “petite mains” – the heritage of artisans, their age-old crafts and their couture ateliers.  Looking ahead and knowing the delicacy of the situation, François Lesage started an embroidery school in the atelier.  Maison Lesage will continue embroidering.  I send my deepest condolences to the Lesage family.


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