For the first time, le19M is taking part in the European Heritage Days (JEP) on 16 and 17 September. Situated between Paris and Aubervilliers, le19M is an exceptional architectural work. The JEP tour will take visitors on a journey of discovery through the architecture and some of the savoir-faire involved in fashion heritage.

Practical info

Free, without booking

 

Opening hours

from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entrance at 5 p.m.)


Place

le19M

Preparation

For more details, refer to the practical information.

The culmination of a process that began in 1985—when CHANEL bought the first workshops and art manufactures with which it worked in order to preserve their expertise—le19M now houses eleven of these Maisons, their teams, and their archives (Goossens, Lemarié and Lognon, Lesage, the École Lesage and Lesage Intérieurs, Maison Michel, Massaro, Montex and Studio MTX, Paloma) as well as ERES, representing nearly 600 artisans and experts.

 

le19M is home to la Galerie du 19M, a free cultural space open to the public since January 2022, focusing on the values of craftsmanship and featuring a café-restaurant. Through exhibitions, workshops, and talks, its multi-disciplinary programme is designed with a community of stakeholders, many of whom are based in the north-east of Greater Paris. It resonates with the keen interest in handicrafts of the young generation and the general public, and contributes to a social project at the service of the collective.

 

The European Heritage Days (JEP) tour will take visitors on a journey of discovery of le19M including :

— the Maison Lesage embroidery school,

— an overview of the bespoke shoemaker Massaro’s expertise,

— the new exhibition at la Galerie du 19M

Stage 1
le19M, architectural gesture

 

The design of le19M was entrusted to the renowned architect Rudy Ricciotti, winner of the Grand Prix for Architecture and the creator of the MUCEM museum in Marseille. For le19M, he imagined a building wrapped in a weave of concrete threads inspired by a vertical textile weave like that of tweed, the iconic fabric of the Maison CHANEL.

Brightness, acoustic comfort, and a modular layout that respects the specific needs of each business make le19M the perfect place to spend time and work. The 25,000 m2 building is also an architectural testament to the excellence of the skills it houses.

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Stage 2
École Lesage, transmission at its heart

 

As part of Lesage, a century-old company specializing in embroidery and tweed, the École Lesage provides a wide range of training courses for both beginners and experienced embroiderers, passionate amateurs and professionals looking for training recognised by the leading luxury and fashion houses.

Training courses at the prestigious École Lesage draw on over a century and a half of passion, talent, and constantly evolving expertise. Trainees have the chance to learn the techniques mastered or invented by one of the world’s leading embroidery houses.

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Stage 3
Massaro, discover how a bespoke shoe is made

 

Renowned, sought-after, and admired since 1894, the expertise of the Massaro workshops encompasses several arts and crafts, many of which are not widely known. Each one requires patience, mastery, and experience developed over time. Their discovery is key to understanding the many steps involved in the creation of an exceptional shoe.

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Stage 4
la Galerie du 19M, discover the exhibition
Carla Fernández. The Future is Handmade

 

From 16 September to 17 December 2023, la Galerie du 19M presents the exhibition Carla Fernández. The Future is Handmade, an exploration of the world of the stylist and designer through her collaborations with Mexican artisans, whose artistry and savoir-faire she celebrates.

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