chanel bought us to preserve the knowledge and
The demand for high fashion ready to wear in the last 15 years made ever more deluxe by couture embellishments has caused a business shift in many of the ateliers. At Lesage and Lemarii, for instance, 80 percent of the workmanship is done for ready to wear and 20 percent for haute couture. At Desrues, founded by Georges Desrues in 1929 in a workshop formerly at the edge of the Marais, the company has swelled from 20 employees in 1984 to 170 today. The original space could no longer accommodate the volume, so the workshop relocated in 1993.