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Nahia

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Nahia?

Carried by hand or with its removable shoulder strap, it enhances the silhouette. By its appearance Nahia, which means “desired” in Basque, triggers the desire to appropriate it.

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– OUR OTHER COLLECTIONS –

The
Savoir
       -Faire

The cloth « Bascanaise », in cotton and linen, is quite unique, being supple, durable and waterproof. It is printed by the best French artisans bearing the highly coveted « entreprise du patrimoine vivant » accreditation. The methods used by these “living heritage” artisans require three successive printing processes to apply three different colours, a method known as “la lyonnaise”. The fabric is laid out on long heated benches, and the colours are applied using stencils. The fabric is thoroughly dried between applications, and finishing touches are applied by hand using fine paintbrushes. It’s a slow and exacting process which guarantees a result of lasting beauty.

The
Savoir
     -Faire

The cloth « Bascanaise », in cotton and linen, is quite unique, being supple, durable and waterproof. It is printed by the best French artisans bearing the highly coveted « entreprise du patrimoine vivant » accreditation. The methods used by these “living heritage” artisans require three successive printing processes to apply three different colours, a method known as “la lyonnaise”. The fabric is laid out on long heated benches, and the colours are applied using stencils. The fabric is thoroughly dried between applications, and finishing touches are applied by hand using fine paintbrushes. It’s a slow and exacting process which guarantees a result of lasting beauty.

– THE FAMILY STORY –

“You are born Basque, you speak Basque, you live Basque and you die Basque”

- Victor Hugo -

1830 It is at Mauleon in the Basque region in the South West of France, That the young Alexis Bascans makes his first pair of espadrilles at the age of thirteen.

1841 After the birth of his son Jean-Pierre, the family moves to Oloron Sainte-Marie and Alexis sets up «Bascans Manufacturing»..

1895 Alexis-Louis has taken over from his parents and the company is growing. The espadrille is the height of fashion at Biarritz. Napoléon III and his wife Eugénie spend the Summer there at their villa, (now the Hotel du Palais), and are joined by many of the crowned heads of Europe and weathy foreign socialites.

“You are born Basque, you speak Basque, you live Basque and you die Basque”

- Victor Hugo -

1910 The weaving company Les Tissages Lartigue is founded to weave cloth for espadrilles and berets and in time will develop their own famous range of Basque linens. They weave the cloth used by the Bascans to make their espadrilles. By now Jeanne has taken over running Bascans and is expanding the company with innovations in both design and colour. She marries Paul Lartigue in 1922.

2012 Gratianne and Amandine have taken the reins at “Maison Bascans”. They are the seventh generation of the family to be involved in this marvellous story. Between the Ossau valley and the forest of Iraty, Gratiannes’s roots are firmly anchored in the Basque country. In her choice of designs and in all her creations, Gratianne reflects the Basque heritage so dear to her heart. As for her daughter Amandine, she brings to “Maison Bascans” her sharp Parisian fashion touch.

2018 Planned opening of boutiques in Paris
and internationally.

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