Solstiss brings its heritage of over 150 years of lace making to Los Angeles to serve the important California market. | Photo courtesy of Solstiss
Christian Chensvold, contributing writer | Thursday, July 28, 2022
Fashion spins and turns in cycles, which is not that different from the way the Earth revolves around the sun. Solstis may resemble the twice-a-year event that occurs in the height of summer and the depths of winter, but this type of solstice is perennial.
Based in Caudry, France, with factories dating back to 1876, Solstiss is the world leader in the design and manufacture of French lace, and now the company returns to sunny Los Angeles, proving just how much its name is perfectly appropriate.
Located at 777 Alameda Street in DTLA LINE, the new LA showroom is managed by Maria Cervantes. Solstiss first entered the US market in 1986 and first opened a showroom in Los Angeles in 2000, which featured over 3,000 designs.
“With this new opening, Solstiss will bring its proud heritage and unique quality, creativity and craftsmanship of French lace to an even wider audience,” said Francois Damide, President of Solstiss USA. “We are thrilled to have Maria Cervantes on board as an account executive in California, as her knowledge of lace making is a big plus for us.
“The California market has always been important to Solstiss,” Damide continued, “as our company has been supplying top designers for over 20 years and has been featured in top movies like ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’.”
Solstiss’ lace-making know-how is transmitted directly from generation to generation, the company is proud of it, without ever leaving its workshops, and it is reputed to employ the most qualified lace-makers in the world. It is renowned for its wide range of designs and extensive color palette. It has also been able to combine advanced innovations and traditional techniques, and its laces are entirely made on outgoing machinery.
Solstiss employs over 250 people and operates 110 machines, or 30% of the world’s remaining Leavers looms, some of which can weigh up to 10 tons. Its creations are intended not only for luxury women’s fashion but also for lingerie, interior decoration and even masks.