The Allande Story
Allande was founded in France 20 years ago by the Lefebvres, a father-daughter duo with the mission to offer premium lingerie fine in the long-standing tradition of French craftsmanship, savoir-faire and style.
The company is still run by the same family. Although M. Philippe Lefebvre has now retired, his daughter, Catherine, who was previously responsible for the design team, has taken the helm.
From the beginning, the Lefebvre family was determined to maintain uncompromising product quality and an ethical workplace by keeping jobs in France and buying premium fabrics from reputable suppliers, often family-run companies themselves. Allande is now one of the last remaining companies still producing lingerie in France.
Allande owns and operates two ateliers located in Le Dorat, Haute Vienne, in the centre of France, and Epinal, Vosges, in the north east. The company controls the entire process from design through production and sales. It employs 80 méchaniciennes, highly trained and experienced craftswomen, many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade.
The lingerie is crafted from premium fabrics, such as Calais lace (a traditional industry under threat from cheap imports) and broderie Suisse, sourced from reputable suppliers with whom Allande forges long-term relationships. Many of the fabrics are in patterns designed exclusively for Allande.
Before bringing the lingerie fine to market, the company tests each design in real-life conditions. The Lefebvres take great pride in their rigorous quality control and in the resulting comfort, support and beauty of their products.
Allande presents two collections of limited-edition lingerie fine a year - in Autumn and Spring - each with eight or nine design lines, known as thèmes. Each collection offers choices of the classic and fashion forward, and are highly anticipated in France.
In 2007, Allande expanded into prêt-à-porter with the introduction of a sister line, Tanaïs. Two limited-edition collections of Tanaïs clothing are released each year, with the focus on practical wearability and on-trend French fashion. Many of these exclusive garments are crafted of maille sensitive, a soft, supple fabric hailed for its comfort, ease of care and fit.
To ensure affordability of their products, the Lefebvres chose to sell direct to customers through home sales thus avoiding the overhead of traditional shops. The concept proved an immediate hit and today the company has grown to 150 employees plus 2,000 independent saleswomen in France, and with a presence on the world stage.