The Family History?
?Maison Fabre has been transformed and passed down through four generations of the our family.
Our familys story began in 1924 , i the small, southern French town of Millau , established by master glove maker Etienne Fabre. In the beginning he cut gloves shoulder to shoulder alongside his brother , aided by several women known as piqueses ( italics ) who constructed the gloves at their homes .In 1928 the craftsman specialized in making the then ubiquitous white kid gloves .Production took place in the familys modest three story home , where gradually , more and more work flowed into the ateliers .?
Eighteen years son Denis and his wife Rose were welcomed into the family business. Rose Fabre acted as the ambassador of the brand traveling extensively , bringing her energetic and dynamic spirit with her. Afterward she was able to transform the glove making industry by realizing unique pieces for the haute couture houses . This activity infused much needed glamour and imagination to the art, transforming gloves from a necessity to a more refined product.She moved the operation to its definitive home in the heart of Millau , where it stands today . Her husbands small operation became a flourishing enterprise. Denis and Roses son ,Louis, foresaw and avoided the coming crisis during the years from 1970 to 1990 ,while watching house after glove making house close around him in the region.He accomplished this by diversifying the brands offerings with a leather goods including garments and handbags , thus preserving the familys business. The house underwent a renaissance in the year 2000.
Olivier Fabre left his studies in journalism and joined forces with his father, and brother Jean Marc who is in charge of management , and began injecting new blood into the family business. He delved into the companys archives , while simultaneously reaching out to numerous Parisian designers. He gave them a carte blanche in the realization for the brands new models , fixing firmly Maison Fabres place in the fashion world.
The emerging export markets are rapidly becoming the most important sales axis.Today the glove maker continues its collaborations with diverse designers.?
With the council of architect Guy Falco , the atelier in Millau was entirely renovated in 2005. The seamstresses began to leave en masse for retirement, in this little known occupation that was without a school.An innovative apprenticeship plan for new personnel lasting several years was put in place in the atelier to sustain the glove makers expertise and to save the occupation.?
Today 14 people work in fabrication in Millau .