The dresses we create give pride of place to noble and exceptional fabrics. Calais-Caudry lace is one of our favourite materials.
Discovering its history and trade secrets will surely allow you to appreciate this jewel of French craft heritage.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, Calais and Caudry have been the two main centres for the production of exceptional lace: Leavers lace, named after the craft on which lace is made. France has 80% of the Leavers machines in the world, all concentrated in the two cities, which propels Les Hauts de France into the world’s leading region for this unique craft (cocorico!!!).
Created in 1958, the Dentelle de Calais® brand (which became the Dentelle de Calais-Caudry® label in 2015) is the promise of Haute Dentelle, made in France, in accordance with the best practices that have made it famous. It precisely certifies that this precious and rare lace is made on Leavers looms, according to an original process of interlacing yarns from a bicentenary know-how. The umbrella brand makes it possible to distinguish luxury lace woven in Calais and Caudry from much more common knitted lace.
Only about ten Houses can claim this label. They work for all the great names in Haute Couture and luxury ready-to-wear and, to a lesser extent, for corsetry lingerie.
Constance Fournier is proud to be able to offer its customers this product of unparalleled quality and an exceptional cultural dimension.
Here are some of our brides, as we fell under the spell of Calais-Caudry lace.