LEMAIRE IN TROYES: A VISIT TO THE EMO FACTORY
For its Autumn-Winter 2023 collection, LEMAIRE has conceived a series of garments made from fine silk jersey with a delicate, slightly transparent texture. To produce these pieces, LEMAIRE has called on the savoir-faire of EMO.
This Troyes-based company has been specializing in the manufacture of tubular knitwear for over forty years. Based in Aube, EMO took over from the Mauchauffé hosiery, one of the region's many family run factories, founded in 1876. Mauchauffé, which brought together the four main stages of production on the same site: mechanical engineering, knitting, dyeing and garment making, obtained numerous patents (rewarding innovation rectilinear and circular sewing looms) before becoming the largest hosiery factory in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1978, 120 of the company's employees decided to take over the EMO brand, then associated with luxury goods within Mauchauffé. Today, EMO’s workshop is home to an impressive array of circular knitting machines, which make it possible to produce garments without side seams.
THE CIRCULAR KNITTING MACHINES PRODUCES SQUARES OF FABRIC WITHOUT SIDE SEAMS
A PROTOTYPING PHASE LEADS TO THE CREATION OF PATTERNS BASED ON ORDERS
THE PANELS ARE STACKED AND QUILTED ON NEEDLE TABLES
THEN CUT TO SIZE BY A BAND SAW FOLLOWING THE PATTERNS
THE PANELS ARE PRESSED ONE LAST TIME
THEN IT’S TIME TO MANUFACTURE THE PIECES USING OVERLOCKERS, STITCHERS AND BUTTONHOLES
EACH PIECE IS CHECKED DURING « RACCOUTRAGE » AND DARNED IF NECESSARY
THE GARMENT IS THEN FOLDED AT THE PACKAGING DEPARTMENT AND READY TO GO