1898 De Witte Lietaer was founded
In 1898 Zeno De Witte and Leonie Lietaer started a workshop for flax weaving: De Witte Lietaer was born.
The founders of the company, as well as the many generations of workers and employers who succeeded them, have transformed De Witte Lietaer into a textile company renowned for its quality products, knowhow and perseverance.
1900 one of the most well-known Jacquard weavers
In 1900 the company had 9 weaving looms and before World War I, De Witte Lietaer was already one of the most important Jacquard weavers in the world. (1350 employees and 750 weaving looms).
1983 De Witte Lietaer receives the Oscar for Belgian Export
1989 De Witte Lietaer is part of Gamma Holding
2004 The company was divided in two divisions
– the Division De Witte Lietaer “Industries”, specialised in manufacturing and knitting fibers for the automotive industry;
– the Division De Witte Lietaer “Style in Textiles”, specialised in the manufacturing of household linens.
2006 De Witte Lietaer International Textiles
The Gamma Holding sold the division -specialized in household linens- to the group HDM Finance and the company name was changed to De Witte Lietaer International Textiles. HDM Finance is the holding company covering: Tissage Denantes, Garnier Thiebaut, Mulliez-Flory, IME Mulliez and De Witte Lietaer. The owner and president of this company is Hervé de Montclos. This French textile group manufactures and distributes household linen and furnishing fabrics to institutions, hotels, restaurants, laundry companies and retailers all over the world. The turnover of this group is about €135 million.
2008 Take-over Maes Textiles nv
In 2008 De Witte Lietaer International Textiles took over the company Maes Textiles nv based in Waregem, also a household linen manufacturer.
2013 Take-over Byttebier Home Textiles
De Witte Lietaer integrates Byttebier Home Textiles in its activities; a Textile trading company which is mainly focused on distribution and the production of bath linens.
De Witte Lietaer operates in the hospitality, project market, retail and contract markets. Our headquarters are situated in Belgium (Lauwe) and we have our own production unit in Turkey.
Our reference list includes well known international hotels, restaurants and industrial laundries. We mainly export our products to Western Europe: Benelux, France, Germany, Spain and partly to the Middle East.
The company offers a diverse assortment of bath, table, kitchen and bed linen collections for all kinds of retailers such as department stores, boutiques and specialist shops.
Our love of art and textiles requires that we create unique and bespoke objets de désir. Every limited piece that we have created is designed, woven and embroidered all while steeped in the grand tradition of Flemish artisanship and innovation. The time has come for slow living objects. We offer art and design that enhances every interior in a unique and artful way. The room dividers and panels from Meisterwerke will bring undisputed elegance and esteemed style to your personal interior, boutique or design hotel.
Love Home Fabrics is always ahead of the curve. We are a leader within the interior textiles market thanks to our clear vision of the future.
We are unique by forming a real family existing of 2300 members. Yarn is needed to create a beautiful fabric. With Love Home Fabrics, every family member is needed to create a wonderfull story. Our imagination knows no limits. Because of this, we deliver endless opportunities. We all strive to one goal, to Love Home Fabrics.
Our combined strengths, knowledge and craftmanship determine our path that leads to perfection. We’re proud of our accomplishments, our premium quality and unparalleled beauty. Respecting and preserving nature for the next generations is one of our most important goals. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.
Love Home Fabrics is the reference in your interior. From your bedroom to the bathroom, from your living space to the kitchen. We are everywhere. Our fabrics love you. Our fabrics embrace you. Our fabrics support you. Our fabrics complete your home. We make you a promise of luxury and comfort.
Love Home Fabrics was established in 2017 and has hubs in Belgium, the USA, India, and China. Together with the dozens of agents we work with across the world, we are close to you at every waking hour, wherever you live.
Alice et Maman is a Belgian brand that has been creating, producing and distributing nightwear, homewear and loungewear since 2004. Our brand mainly focuses on dynamic and fashion-conscious ladies & women who love pure simplicity and have an eye for refined details.
Our collection consists of 4 different lines: nightwear, homewear, pregnancy/maternity and knitwear (during winter) or beachwear (during summer). We emphasize simple concepts/lines, elaborated in soft fabrics and contemporary colours. We strive for a high quality finish. Alice et Maman is distributed in about 80 points of sale. We are mostly active in Belgium & some new stores Europe: lingerie stores, experience shops and concept stores.
Fair trade is of utmost importance to us. We work together with suppliers who strive to work as ethical as possible, just like we do. We find it important that all our goods are made in correct conditions. We also make sure that all fabrics are provided with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label. This label guarantees that the end product does not contain any harmful substances and color fastness and wash resistance are included.
In addition, we try to choose natural materials such as organic cotton, viscose, modal, wool,… as much as possible so that we can contribute to a more sustainable and ecological way of creation and production. We strongly believe in the principle of slow fashion, where fair trade, eco friendly, artisanal and organic are the key items to achieve a consistent way of creating our brand, product & story.
What if reducing our waste and our environmental footprint went through the relocation of natural textile fibers and an ethical and transparent textile industry?
Design for resilience Studio is a textile research workshop based in Braine-L’Alleud (Brabant Wallon, Belgique), for a zero waste, zero plastic, and an healthy lifestyle, founded by Vanessa Colignon.
We want to allow everyone to reduce their environmental and social footprint, by reducing our waste and the spread of micro-plastics in nature through the creation of clothing and accessories in natural, local and solid fibers, produced in circuit- short and with respect for the living.
The relocation of production, brought about by a strengthening of European environmental standards in the 90s and the attractiveness of low-cost labour; not benefiting from any social protection in countries where lax environmental regulations do not allow to protect the nature, health, land and drinking water of the inhabitants of the producing countries has allowed the advent of fast fashion such as we know it today, to the detriment of living beings and the planet.
Today, we can no longer tolerate this race for productivity and the resulting toxicity of production. This is why we are focusing our forces in particular on the relocation of the production of natural, resistant and ecological textile materials in Belgium and on innovation in the craftsmanship of naturally ecological materials by working in particular with one of the last hosiery factories from Belgium.
Producing in a short circuit allows us to guarantee respect for workers and living things, while limiting our dependence on fossil fuels.
How do you link sustainable to hip? Originality to fair production? It is with that core idea that An Boone started Mr. Manchette. Passionate about all things fair and inspired by fashion, she let her creativity loose on ’the men’s shirt’. There was a gap, a gap between wearable and sustainable, between ‘fun to wear’ and fair. From the outset, Mr. Manchette opted for fair production and has his shirts made in Portugal, at premium shirtmakers. In soft fabrics, free of pesticides and chemicals, and with attention to upcycling and the use of eco-friendly and natural raw materials.
Creating the perfect towel, that’s the passion we’ve shared at Clarysse since 1953. We proudly create sustainable bath, bed and kitchen linen of the highest quality, for everyone who wants to make life a little more beautiful.
Anne Masson and Eric Chevalier have collaborated since 2006.
Both trained in textile design, their work results of an investigation and experiment with materials. The pair explores different possible levels of working on the design of textiles, from the raw material to the finished product and its multiple facets -sometimes on the yarn, sometimes on the pattern, on a structure, texture or on a specific shape-. They deal with a wide range of processes and techniques that reveal unexpected views of materials. Radical and precise gesture changes some used or waste items into a new shape and functionality. They often use craft-related processes combined with industrial implementation, sometimes each practised in turn on the same item.
Besides a self-initiated production seen as an exploratory field, the tandem questions textiles in different contexts, as a medium linked to intimate and collective issues. Driven by the pleasure of making and stimulated by transdisciplinary practices, they collaborate with architects, designers and choreographer. The experience with architect offices has brought the studio to meet sharp technical requirements with a sensitive approach, in order to influence effective and affective qualities of the inhabited space. Investing different scales from the very structure of materials to scale 1 of prototypes and space, working with a network of selected suppliers, makers and external collaborators are driving forces for their practice.
Their work is part of private and public collections, such as Gent Design Museum, CID Grand Hornu, Brussels Mode et Dentelle Museum, CNAP in Paris and Barbier-Mueller in Geneva.
Anne runs the textile design Master degree at La Cambre art and design academy in Brussels. Graduated from La Cambre, textile design department, she won the Federal Swiss cultural award (1994, 1996, 1998), collaborated with the accessories designer Eric Beauduin in Brussels and with the Edelkoort Studio in Paris.
Eric teaches in the Textile design and in the Fashion department at La Cambre. After graduating from l’ESAAT in Roubaix (DSAA, 1996), Eric worked as a free lance textile designer for Christian Lacroix Haute-Couture and in research for the automotive industry.
Flore Fockedey has been a regular collaborator since 2018, after an Architecture Master degree at ULB La Cambre Horta in Brussels.
After studying textile design and masterclasses at home and abroad, I immersed myself in hand weaving.
My love for the craft is immense. Through a skilful play with threads I arrive at colorful structures and minimalistic compositions.These being a theme that runs throughout my work.
My designs betray a preference for sustainable natural materials such as Tencel, hemp, linen and merino wool.
I translate my passion for textiles by meticulously creating and finishing with high quality in mind. This makes them as unique as they are timeless!
I draw inspiration from the fine piano music of Wouter Dewit, Jean-Michel Blais and Abdullah Ibrahim, among others.
I like to compose my fabrics with a subtle play of keys and strings.
Giving demonstrations and workshops or collaborating with other creative minds also inspires me endlessly.
In my open studio in Hasselt I guide my patrons with enthusiasm.
The origins of the Mirabel Slabbinck brand date back to 1903, the year Hendrik Slabbinck, skilled gold embroiderer, started his workshop in Bruges, Belgium. The Slabbinck family has worked to make the company an international reference for liturgical vestments. The fourth generation decided to diversify into home linens. Their craftsmanship, eye for detail and service-minded company culture got noticed by the finest interior designers and architects. Today Mirabel Slabbinck offers a collection of refined bed, bath and table linens of the highest quality and realises bespoke projects all over the world.
About Mirabel Slabbinck
As a child I spent hours exploring my father’s workshop, where my great-grandfather laid the foundation of our family business. I still find it to be one of the most exciting places I know. It’s where our designs and creations come alive in the hands of our talented craftsmen. Working with the finest materials, seeking inspiration in nature when creating new collections, going the extra mile to service our demanding clientèle, having the chance to realise bespoke projects. Applying and fine-tuning century-old techniques to create contemporary beauty and comfort with exceptional linens and cottons is, and will always be, our pride and pleasure.I feel thankful to write a new chapter in our rich family history.
In addition to our classic and contemporary collections we specialise in bespoke projects ranging from private homes to yachts and aircraft interiors. Every item we produce is handmade in our workshop in Bruges, even the standard collection. With over a century of experience, and with the help of our dedicated team of skilled craftsmen, we can guarantee items of the highest quality while respecting timely deliveries all over the world.