With this post, I'm starting a little series on my favorite vintage finds, ones that I have kept for a long time because I love them too much to let go, or that I wanted to do a thorough research on before sharing them with you.
Treasures of the week: TREFOUSSE gloves
“After having known many stalls of master glove-makers in the 18th century, the history of modern glove-making began in Chaumont in 1829. That year, Jules Tréfousse (1809-1894), a native of Lunéville, settled in the capital of Haute-Marne and created a small glove-making company (...) Its niche is that of luxury: kid gloves for women. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Tréfousse was honored with several prizes at world exhibitions. ”
“La Ganterie de Chaumont, called at the time" La Fabrique Tréfousse ", was the economic heart and the main employer of the City. Its originality and its asset, in addition to the manufacture of luxury gloves, were to bring together three distinct trades (tanning, dyeing, glove making), which favored its development and dynamism. "
(Source: Translation from French: Blog of the Tourist Office of Chaumont )
Maison Tréfousse extended its fame to the United States, Canada and England, and entered into agreements with Parisian department stores and couturiers, including Le Bon Marché and Balmain. The environment will begin to change in 1918 with the diversification of the market, competition more present, and internal management less close to the workers. And the situation will worsen with the crisis of 1929, until the resale in 1957, then the bankruptcy in 1973 and the destruction of a large part of the premises.
"Thanks to the quality of the raw material, his glove is thin, flexible, solid; in addition, the impeccable cut is completed with a garnish inspired by a very sure and very varied taste. 7 to 800 models come out each year, constituting numbered series which are added to each other (...) Chaumont was able to specialize in luxury glove making. He produces evening gloves whose fine and refined decoration becomes a true masterpiece; this artistic value has given it such renown that it has become one of the suppliers of European courts."
(Source: Translation from French: A rival from Grenoble: the Tréfousse & Cie glove factory in Chaumont, 1946, by Paulette Vincent )
My Tréfousse gloves are available in store.