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FAIRTRADE: THE FIVE ETHICAL PILLARS OF LA MAISON

We recently introduced you to Hélène Daret, Marketing Manager at Refashion, on this blog. She used her professional expertise to scrutinize La Maison de la Maille and concluded that the house has made a sincere commitment to eco-responsible initiatives: “La Maison de la Maille imposes control over its products right from the design stage, making sure that they have very little impact on the environment.” Reducing waste, improving transparency for consumers, designing sustainable products and respecting humans and animals throughout the production process – this is the route that La Maison de la Maille has chosen.

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THE INTERVIEW: MARIE CEYSSON, GALLERY OWNER

Invent, reinvent, and never stop at what has already been done; that is the adage of La Maison de la Maille. After the recent launch of its “Plaid Merveilleux” (Marvelous Throw), the brand is back this fall with a completely new project, both different and extremely bold: reproducing the works of major contemporary artists on the house’s throws and shawls. How did this collaboration come about? Who are the artists involved in the project? Marie Ceysson, gallery owner, enlightens us. ​Read more

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Le Clos Tranquille farm; all you need to know

We love to talk about the alpacas behind the luxury throws we make at La Maison de la Maille. In fact, we have discussed our animal friends at great length; their characters, their habits, how they are sheared. So now we thought it would be good to tell you about their home, the farm. After working in the equestrian world, Axelle Duval became interested in alpacas. Upon getting to know these wonderful animals and receiving the support of other alpaca farmers, Axelle took the plunge and started her own herd in 2017.

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Le Plaid Merveilleux, la nouveauté que vous attendiez

Because La Maison de la Maille never stops wanting to go further in exceptional creation, the brand is launching on Sunday July 4  its novelty: the Marvelous Throw. Even more luxurious than the previous products, it stands out as the essential luxury and ecological decoration. Wonderful and much more.

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All about moths

There are two types of moths, those that prey on food (white, gray) and those that prefer clothes (brown, gold). FoodistasVS Fashionistas, the eternal struggle. There is certainly a whole lot of exciting information to say about food moths, but since we are talking about wool at La Maison de la Maille, we will first focus on the second category. Who are they? What are they doing? Why? And how to get rid of them. We tell you everything. 

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What are the different types of knitwear?

You would have to have gone to a fashion school, worked in the fabric industry or even be a couturier to know and understand the different types of knits that exist and why some are preferred over others. Sand stitch, moss stitch, mesh, weaving, warp and weft, all these technical terms are the everyday life of houses like ours. We enlighten you here on the many things to know in order to feed your curiosity on the subject. For the sake of transparency always, and sharing.

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What is a sustainable brand?

Sustainable. It is a bit of the buzzword of the moment, the one that many brands use and abuse, one that looks good next to the name, one that attests to a certain ethic, especially ecological. Everything related to the good care of the planet is on the rise and it has become more than urgent for brands today to review their habits to minimize their environmental impact. Sustainable, Responsible, okay, but what does that mean? And who really is?

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10 simple actions to protect the planet

There are some fights that shouldn't exist. Yet, even today, it remains essential to say and repeat that your daily actions in the long term can really make a difference from an environmental point of view. Global warming is here, its many fires around the world and its heat waves four months out of the year continue to remind us of this.

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10 good reasons to buy a plaid from La Maison de la Maille

We cannot say it enough; treating yourself to (or offering) a La Maison de la Maille blanket can only be a good idea. Considered to be a truly prestigious piece, its high-end positioning is immediately apparent, from the moment you have the happiness of having it on your shoulders. High quality, soft, practical, timeless… Here are 10 good reasons to be tempted to purchase a La Maison de la Maille throw.

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Why do we get cold?

For many of us, it only takes a very slight drop in temperature to induce chills and the irresistible urge to snuggle up in a blanket. But why? Why do we get cold? Why does everyone react in different ways to cold? We give you an explanation.

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Your Summer ally

There are pieces which, because customs have dictated it, suffer from being stored in boxes. The cap in summer, boots in winter, the raincoat in the rain. The blanket unfortunately does not escape this arbitration. A cozy friend for winter evenings, it has always been equated with thermal comfort (with its friend the slippers) while it has many other qualities. Especially in summer.

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“Hygge” : How to adopt the Danish lifestyle at home

Even if you are not familiar with the word "Hygge", you may have heard about this super hype trend. Creating a cosy home decor, taking time for yourself, treasuring moments with your intimate circle, cooking food that you like... If you are already practicing any of those, you might already be on your way to living a "Hygge" life. 

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From the Highlands to Instagram, the blanket, an accessory with an history

It dresses up our sofa, folds into our luggages and can be worn all year long wrapped around our shoulders. La Maison de la Maille focuses on the little-known origins of the blanket. Read more

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THE INTERVIEW: HÉLÈNE DARET, Director of the Brands Center at Refashion

They’ve done it. Risen to the challenge – and not an easy one at that - of establishing themselves as brands renowned for their eco-design. “They’ve done it” is also the name of the section of Ecodesign (the Refashion digital platform) that shines a light on those textile maisons that are mindful of their impact on the environment and are doing something about it. Since its beginning, La Maison de la Maille has been eager to always tend towards an ethical manufacturing process, and it is now recognized for this.  Hélène Daret, director of the Brands Center at Refashion, talks to us about it.

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The Maison de la Maille glossary

Thread, fiber, mesh, weaving, knitting ... Difficult when you are not an expert to know exactly what is going on. Good news, since we are always committed to raising you higher and allowing you to shine at dinners, here are some key terms and their simplified definitions so that you don't mix up your brushes. Or needles, suddenly. You get it. 

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But what exactly is luxury? Is there a universal luxury that would make everyone agree? Do weall have the same definition of luxury? Do we all put the cursor in the same place? Not for sure. Really not sure. Anyway, here we have our own opinion on the issue and on the boxes to be checked imperatively to be lucky enough to join the small family of so-called luxury brands.

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The cushion: what you don't know about it

We recently announced the news that La Maison de la Maille is expanding its offer by now offering cushions to match the throws. Immense joy. And since everything has a raison d'être in life (apart from maybe the andouillettes and harem pants), we wanted to go back in history to find out more about the origin of the cushion and its symbolism. Some of you might be lost along the way, but the real ones will stay.

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The throw: the friend of all couples?

Laugh, laugh. But in the meantime you continue to underestimate the power of the throw on life, your life. This object of pleasure left in the closet for too long is, in fact, far more essential to your happiness than it seems. Yes. And while we have often praised its benefits for individual use here, we never took the time to talk to you about the importance of having a blanket when you're a couple. True subject.

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5 original ways to use a shawl

For decades, the shawl has had an outdated, almost old-fashioned image. An iconic piece propelled into oblivion referring it to the role of an anti-cold ally that covered the shoulders of our elders by the fireside. It is without question that La Maison de la Maille reinvents the classics and, proud to perpetuate French know-how, craftsmanship and elegance, it launches its little black shawl. A timeless creation which, beyond its luxurious composition in Merino wool yarn and its intense black, gives the shawl a resolutely modern dimension. News of the day? There are different ways to use it, wear it, and you probably never even thought about it.

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Deco: the 10 essentials to have

As in fashion (if you're good, you can also have the list later), decor has a few timeless pieces that promise our interior to look great. Without breaking up the housing savings plan to play the decorista hoping to see her name in big letters in MILK Magazine, there are 10 decor essentials that are enough to seem like you know. Read more

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The history of the shawl

Larger than a scarf whose mission is primarily to keep your neck and neckline warm, the shawl (which is a large square piece of fabric), was invented several centuries ago and its history is much richer than you could imagine. Its birth in antiquity, its various origins, its symbols, its peculiarities... Read more

How to clean a blanket

How to wash my wool blanket?

It has happened to all of us at least once. That painful moment when you realize that in the pile of laundry that you hastily threw in the machine (before launching a synthetic program) there was a cashmere sweater. And that at the end of the wash/spin at 1200 turns, this sweater looks like a chihuahua sweater. As we at La Maison de la Maille want to do everything possible to ensure that our creations do not suffer this sad fate one day, we have decided to give you here the keys to maintain your plaid.

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These 10 things you didn't know about alpacas

Where is he from ? What is he doing ? How is his fleece? Is he nice, clean and sociable? We have closely studied the different characteristics of the alpaca in order to tell you a little more about this animal species still relatively unknown in Europe. Since its fiber is widely used in the manufacture of our La Maison de la Maille products, it seemed essential to us to highlight the 10 most important (and no doubt surprising) traits of its personality.

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Gaëlle CONSTANTINI, friend of La Maison

In 2010, when Gaëlle Constantini made the bet to create her own brand of women's ready-to-wear under the prism of eco-responsibility, the universe of ethical clothing still had the label of a niche sector and was more praised by green activists than by the fashion sphere.

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Harper's Bazaar talks about La Maison de la Maille

The September 2019 issue of the Harper's Bazaar Magazine (Spanish version) is a special Green issue, dedicated to durable fashion and luxury. 

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10 GIFT IDEAS TO SPOIL THE ECO-FRIENDLY PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

For Christmas, birthdays, house-warming parties or just because you want to brighten someone’s day, offering gifts is a delightful tradition for all, but one which can nevertheless jeopardize a fair number of values such as ecology, anti-overconsumption, etc. Fortunately, because thinking on this subject has evolved continuously, nowadays there are numerous ways of spoiling each other while respecting the planet. A throw, a bag, a designer fashion item, a beauty care product, and more. We have selected 10 eco-friendly gift ideas for you to discover right away.  Read more

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Les comptes Instagram écolos à suivre

Parce qu’écolo ne devrait plus être une tendance mais s’imposer comme réflexe indispensable dans le quotidien de chacun, La Maison de La Maille a réussi à construire son identité de marque tout en proposant des produits de luxe, beaux et de facto- écolos. Et parce qu’elle n’est pas la seule, heureusement, à croire en un avenir éthique pour la conso, voici pour vous un top 10 des comptes Instagram qui parlent écologie sans plomber l’ambiance. Lire la suite

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THE PARISIAN TERRACE BARS THAT WE LOVE

Because having a drink on a terrace is an immense pleasure in both summer and winter (but more so in summer), La Maison de la Maille throws are perfect companions for your lunches, aperitifs, dinners and any other evening events held in the open air. And to help you choose the perfect outdoor venue, here is our list of the very best terrace bars and restaurants in Paris, including the Ritz, Le Meurice and more. Read more on the website. 

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The upcycled luxury cushions

To avoid waste as much as possible, La Maison de la Maille presents its latest innovation: a line of upcycled cushions. They are beautiful, they are comfortable, they are eco-friendly and will be a real plus in your decor.

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Fashion: the 10 essentials to have

You would have to have gone to a fashion school, worked in the fabric industry or even be a couturier to know and understand the different types of knits that exist and why some are preferred over others. Sand stitch, moss stitch, mesh, weaving, warp and weft, all these technical terms are the everyday life of houses like ours. We enlighten you here on the many things to know in order to feed your curiosity on the subject. For the sake of transparency always, and sharing.

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All about recycled wool

In the wonderful world of wool, there are many different categories. La Maison de la Maille works with Baby Alpaca wool, Merino wool and eco-designed wool. We will focus on this last one today, a recycled material that has many advantages and that is part of the ethical dynamic that La Maison de la Maille is keen to represent.

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Uses of throws that you might not have thought of planet

If the primary function of a throw is first to accompany us during our winter evenings in front of the TV or by the fireside, it turns out that it is not as single-tasked as it seems. Its uses may be more varied than you think. As a decorative object at home, when traveling, in the summer or slipped into the diaper bag ... We tell you everything.

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The words written on the throws

It's me, Laura.

I’m the little mouse that has been hiding behind all the articles you see on the site since August 2020. I’m telling you about the Alpacas, their moods and the different types of knitting. I’m informing you… 

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How can you tell if a brand is cruelty-free?

Protection of animals seems -at last- to have become an essential component of the major trend towards brand adopting ethical stances. To certify that no action involving animals of any kind is carried out during the manufacturing process for a product, brands that comply with the stipulated requirements are awarded the "cruelty-free" label. 

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A promise to preserve nature

La Maison de la Maille met the American artist Rachel Marks during the presentation of her work “Esohpromatém” created for the ecological action summit “Change Now” at the Grand Palais in Paris. Read more

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15 ways to wear a blanket

Discover in pictures 15 ways to wear and use a wool throw.

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