L’Huillier

JérÂme (1958). French designer. After working for Balmain, Givenchy, Shimada, and Lapidus, in 1990 he presented his own griffe. In 1992 he designed a make-up line for Shiseido and in 1993-94 he was responsible for the Unanyme line by Georges Rech.

La Redoute

This is the name of a street in Roubaix where the wool industrialist Charles Pollet built his spinning mill. He began a mail-order company in 1922 and advertised the sale of knitting wool in the Journal de Roubaix. Seventy years later La Redoute’s catalogue, which is mainly based on knitwear, has 1,200 pages and is mailed to 8 million families. In 1998 the company’s turnover amounted to approximately 1,600 million dollars, and its staff totalled almost 7,000 people.
&Quad;2002. La Redoute is the main brand of Redcats, which belongs to the Ppr Group. It is mail-order leader in France and the third largest in the world. Its dominance is maintained by a database containing 16 million addresses (8 million of which are active), and by an efficient logistical service. It also has an Internet site which allows customers to order more than 55,000 articles in complete security: lines are textiles, interior decor, and technical products for leisure time.
&Quad;2004, September. Emanuel Ungaro was called on to design the men’s line. He made his début with the Fall-Winter 2005-2006 collection.

Leser

Tina (1910-1996). American designer. She was considered an innovator for the originality of her swimming costumes, beachwear, and orientally inspired silk dresses. Born in Philadelphia, she studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and at the Sorbonne. She opened a boutique in Honolulu (Hawaii) in which she sold Chinese brocades, cotton dresses, sailing clothes, and printed silk garments. After moving to New York in the 1940s, she succeeded in selling her creations to Sacks Fifth Avenue, then established her own prêt-à-porter company in 1953. In addition to swimming costumes and beachwear, she designed pyjamas, matador pants, and cashmere dresses.

Lee

Jimin (1967). Korean designer who grew up in the Philippines, studied in New York and Paris, and then moved to Hong Kong in 1994. There for 6 years she worked for Joyce Ma, designing the maison’s luxury line. She then went back to New York, where she opened her first boutique and in 2001 a second in Seoul. She has an open smile and a curiosity about the world. Her fashion is a mix of East and West, customs and traditions, rituals and atmospheres blended with daily life, free inventions inspired by the martial arts and Buddhist monks. A favorite theme of her style is the mixture of fragments of ethnic traditions with mysticism, plus a dose of male-female, simple-sophisticated contrasts.

Lanificio Egidio Ferla

Established in 1927 in Ponzone Biellese, it follows the tradition of the industrial district of Biella and manufactures exclusive fabrics. The company is renowned for the creativity and refinery of its products, fibers and colors. The production capacity is of about 400,000 meters of fabrics a year for both men’s and women’s clothing, 60% of which is exported. It is the market leader in the production of fabrics in baby alpaca (Peruvian and first shearing, produced in limited quantity, approximately 1.5% of the total alpaca production). Among the company’s other products are sport fabrics in Woolair and very fine lambswool, Summer super-fine in wool-linen, wool-silk, and Suri-linen-cotton (Suri belongs to the alpaca family).
&Quad;2002. Turnover was €5,324 million, almost 50% of which derived from exports. The company employed 50 staff.

Lalique

René Jules (1860-1945). French jeweler. The most versatile and productive creator of Art Nouveau jewelry. In 1885 he set up a company in Paris where he started designing and producing for himself and other jewelers (Boucheron and Cartier). The pieces and sets he created for Sarah Bernhardt are particularly famous. His fame was confirmed at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900. His interest in non-precious materials induced him to experiment with glass, horn, ivory, mother-of-pearl, and unusual stones for that age, such as opal and tourmaline. Nature and women, in particular, were his primary sources of inspiration.

Lella Chic

Boutique located in Sesto San Giovanni, a small suburban town squeezed between the city of Milan and the city of Monza. Jolanda Cavaggion attempted to make the town more liveable in 1957 by opening a small, discreet shop that expanded during the 1980s, thanks to the taste and passion of Jolanda’s daughter Lella. The small shop became a large, sophisticated boutique furnished with antiques. For more than 30 years, Lella Cavaggion won and maintained the esteem of the great names in international fashion by making her boutique a trendy point of reference. In addition to running the shop, Lella also worked as a fashion consultant and fashion coordinator for some of the largest clothing companies until the mid-1990s when, after a long and happy collaboration with Missoni, she decided to leave the world of fashion.

Linters

Very short fibers which stick to the cotton seeds after ginning. They are used to manufacture artificial fibers.

Lane

Kenneth J. (1932). American jeweler. Exoticism and eccentricity in his fancy bijoux were the creative characteristics of this designer who, after working in advertising and being an apprentice in the shoe firm of the designer Vivier, devoted himself to goldsmithery in 1963, designing jewels in strass, glass and golden metal, matched with buttons and evening shoes. His work was much appreciated by the Duchess of Windsor, Jackie Kennedy, and Diana Vreeland.

Le Miroir des Modes

Monthly magazine published between 1887 and 1934 by Butterick, an editorial empire founded by Ebenezer Butterick, a tailor from New England (USA). The publisher had at one time more than 30 magazines.