LES SIXSŒURS
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THE SIXSŒURS

A FAMILY HISTORY

They grew up in Normandy between a mother who was a seamstress and a father who was a writer, guided by two common passions: fashion and flea markets.

In 2012, Madeleine, Angèle, Suzanne, Jeanne, Lucie & Alice, inseparable, decided to set up an online fashion boutique that wouldl offer their selection of antique pieces, as well as a line of leather bags Sixsœurs Atelier, bags that they made in their Norman workshop from antique leather clothes that thus find a new life.

 

Quilting, sewing and assembling colorful fabrics become the fashion tics of the siblings. Already, Madeleine — who unknowingly lays the foundations of her creativity — is shaping a wardrobe unlike anyone else. With her sisters, from whom she never separates, she founded an e-shop of vintage pieces. There are vintage clothes with flair and a line of recycled leather bags that the sisters make in a workshop in Normandy. After years of discoveries that will delight a growing community, Madeleine embarks on a solo adventure… under the benevolent gaze (and with the helping hand) of her sisters.

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L'ESPRIT SIXSŒURS

THE SPIRIT OF SIXSŒURS

In 2016, Madeleine decided to go it alone. She put the family line of bags on hold and now devotes herself fully, under the Sixsœurs label, to a timeless wardrobe with a sought-after and personal style, the idea of which had been in her mind for a long time. 

 

Self-taught and passionate, this former director of documentary/reportage production has always been fascinated by fabrics and craftsmanship

 

It was her meeting with Christine, a stylist friend, that made her decide to take the plunge.

 
 
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SLOW FASHION

At Sixsœurs, the spirit is « Circuit Court Fabriqué à Paris » (direct distribution made in Paris) and our fabrics come from France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Proof that short circuit fashion is possible.

Each garment is produced in small series, according to sales projections that aim for zero unsold items, zero waste.

Finally, this adventure is only possible because we work with extraordinary partners, all from Paris. We like to call them the cousins of Sixsoeurs

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Les chutes de tissus sont aussi valorisées et conservées pour fabriquer de formidables vestes en patchwork. Une technique artisanale maîtrisée par la mère de Madeleine et que la créatrice a reçue en héritage. Il en résulte une ligne précieuse d’upcycling, à la forte charge émotionnelle.

 

Chez SIXSŒURS, défendre une mode responsable passe également par des choix géographiques pertinents. La marque réduit son impact environnemental en sourçant ses tissus en Europe — Italie, France et Allemagne — et en privilégiant le circuit court pour la confection.

 

Elle revendique son ancrage dans la capitale de la mode et est fière d’être estampillée du label “Fabriqué à Paris”. Travailler main dans la main avec des artisans au savoir-faire incomparable est une grande motivation pour Madeleine Ably : « Fabriquer à Paris a beaucoup d’importance à mes yeux. Je peux suivre les collections de A à Z. Être à proximité des ateliers permet de changer d’avis facilement, de repenser les imprimés, de modifier les volumes… Il s’installe un dialogue permanent avec les artisans. C’est un véritable luxe. Sans parler de la chance de les voir œuvrer en direct et de bénéficier de leur immense compétence. »

 

Plus que de simples professionnels, ces fabricants font partie à part entière de l’aventure SIXSŒURS. Grâce à une collaboration au long cours, des relations étroites se sont nouées. Une approche humaine qui colle à la personnalité de Madeleine Ably qui, partout où elle passe, cherche à recréer un esprit de famille chaleureux.

 
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SIXSŒURS TAKE FLIGHT

At Sixsœurs we try to be straight in our sneakers and tune the business with a certain environmental and quality ethic. So we don't go miles out of our way to produce cheaper, in countries where labour is cheaper like Eastern Europe or China, when we have everything we need in our little Parisian neighbourhood, just a few streets away.

"The concept is Circuit Court Fabriqué à Paris."

 

Thus, for all our pieces the concept is Circuit Court Fabriqué à Paris. Paris, capital of fashion, is home to the best craftsmen and fashion designers in the world, so why deprive yourself of it? Here we love above all to work hand in hand with the workshops, to follow our productions from A to Z. The human being is at the centre and we give pride of place to craftsmanship, which has always been our great passion.

Our main workshop has accompanied the most fashionable designers of today. Its work is demanding and meticulous. Here we connect the patterns, the tiles...

"France, Italy and Germany offer such beautiful, high-quality products"

 

It's the same with our tissue. France, Italy and Germany offer products that are so beautiful, so high quality, so accomplished that it is a real chance to have access to them. So why deprive yourself of it?

 

Besides, we don't like the idea of producing more than we need, of wasting, of having to sell off "overstocks".

 

Sales? Antinomic of our will of the short circuit / zero waste. An ethical choice which is not that of margin at all costs.

Les vêtements conçus sous le regard bienveillant de Sylvette Boutin- Lepers, la Responsable des partenariats Images et Créateurs de La Redoute, reprennent les codes du label entre couleurs fortes, imprimés travaillés, coupes structurées et détails qui font la différence comme les jeux de pression.

 

Amoureuse du collectif, Madeleine Ably signe des capsules avec d’autres créateurs de mode. Avec Julie Robinne fondatrice de L’Envers, une marque de tricots écoresponsable, elles ont imaginé une conversation créative autour des goûts et des valeurs éthiques qu’elles ont en commun. Elles ont tissé ensemble le pull « Françoise ». Un cardigan en maille au volume XXL, doté de manches gigot, proposé dans un coloris beige ou prune. Il est tricoté à la demande, dans des ateliers familiaux en Espagne. Ce modèle signe la rencontre de leurs deux univers.

Et l’envie de Madeleine de multiplier les alliances avec des talents de sa génération et des marques établies.

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Thus armed, Madeleine runs her small business, anticipates trends, designs silhouettes, and keeps abreast of her clients' desires by selecting only the finest materials, with the sole guideline of designing stylish clothes that we will not want to throw away or resell, but that we would like to pass on to our daughters and nieces.

 

Finally, this short circuit Fabriqué à Paris is an opportunity for Sixsœurs to further expand its family, with plenty of new cousins to rely on. We can add to our manufacturers and suppliers, the RIVP who believed in us and welcomes us in its wonderful artisanal city of the Villa du Lavoir, in the 10th district of Paris, as well as Enercoop, the only, the only, the real energy supplier turned 100% to renewable energy.

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SIXSŒURS EN IMMERSION

THE DOCUMENTARIES

SIXSŒURS AND A JACKET

My Patchwork Life

 

My obsession for the patchwork I hold it from my mother. She's been making it since she was 10...

 

I took over and made my first patchwork at 19.

And since then I have had this dream of creating an entirely patchworked SIXSŒURS piece!

PATCHWORK, HARDWORK

A patchwork jacket was my dream!

 

A little crazy maybe ;-) No matter, I'll stick to it! 

Thank you Christine thank you the workshop thank you Julie and thank you mom ;))

Discover in pictures the steps of the realization of this wonderful piece ❤ and this great adventure that ends... at Merci.

 

THE DOCUMENTARY

HAVE YOU MET MY SISTERS?

SIXSOEURS is a family story. We are six sisters with a common passion for fashion, beautiful materials, colors, timeless pieces... And especially JACKETS ;-)

THE TREASURE OF THE PAYS DE CAUX

Have you met Fred? Treasure hunter. Made with exceptional linen that I decided to use for my favorite quilted jacket of the same name Fred.

THE GODS OF QUILTING

French know-how, it would be a shame to deprive yourself of it! I'm taking you with me to Cambrai to meet Baudchon and his outstanding team. Yes, Baudchon is THE benchmark for quilting ;-)

A MOMENT OF TRUTH

In this last episode, I present to you an essential character of SIXSŒURS: Julie. Julie is an exceptional designer and a friend :-)

We work hand in hand to create these pieces signed #sixsoeurs, in particular our Fred quilted linen jacket of which we are so proud. You follow me ?

And this music that cracks me up: Hiba – Chief Keef

Clothes Made in Paris

Jeanne the MOTHER

Impossible to understand the story of the Six Sisters (Sixsœurs) without naming Jeanne, their mother, a seamstress of genius, who passed on to each of her six daughters the love of the trade and of clothing.

She was the best of the schools.