A mother-daughter association
” I have always worked in the fashion industry and with young designers (my last job the manager of the VIP service at Vestiaire Collective during three years), and my mother Cléo is a qualified seamstress. She has a lot of ideas, of passion too : She spends the majority of her time in her workshop.
With MaisonCléo, we partner to propose you simple but worked pieces (everything is handmade), always with beautiful deadstock fabrics, that is another important point for us. The margin and prices are calculated as fairly as possible and explained on every product page. The idea is to share her know-how and to make the made in France accessible to everyone.
Why Cléo ? It is the nickname of my mother since her twenties. Old friends call her only “Cléo” and never by her real name. Cléo refers to Cléopâtre and to the black short hair, black eyeliner and gold big jewels she used to wear in her youth. She also always matched her outfit with a scrunchie, so that’s why we offer a matching scrunchie with each order made in the leftovers.
I also use this platform I created to spread awareness on the fashion industry, especially on the fast fashion and all the bad it causes on not only the environnement but on people. Buying a piece of clothe has never been a more concrete action you can do from your own do make change happen.”
and because this brand is a family story…
All the pieces have a name that refers to the women of our family,
and here is the story of two women who made this brands creation possible below.
Louise, the grandmother of my grandmother. When my grandmother talks about her, it’s the term “great lady” that always comes back in her memories.
Louise, born in the 19th century, had three husbands and divorced three times, that was very modern for a woman for her time.
It was a great seamstress, she was the head of a tailoring workshop with 13 female workers at her side. Even if she was situated in the north of France, some of her clients came from Paris to get an appointment with her to get their her tailor-made dresses ! The brand labels of her clothes, “Bourel Guillaume” – name of her husband at this time and her maiden name- were embroidered by hand with gold thread.
And here is Louisette, the grandchild of Louise and my grandmother ! At each family meeting, it’s a fact that she is always elegant and is always dressed in her finest clothing (that are of course all handmade by her) and jewels. Her grandmother Louise taught her how to sew at the age of 14. She then never bought any clothes for her or for her four children, she made all of their garments : overalls, dresses, pants, sets… It was for above all (like for my mother) a passion : she dressed her three girls like triplets, liked to make crochetwork and knitting…
So its thanks to these two women that my mother Nathalie alias Cléo, started sewing. She was firstly enrolled in sewing classes by my grandmother and was graduated from a sewing school (top of the class with a publication in the newspaper!) in the 80s.