WHO WE ARE
Our group is composed of a variety of companies all dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of high end linen and linen products.
- Believe in linen, this is our passion.
- Make innovative & quality products and offer an excellent service.
- Create a good working environment, with respect and opportunities for every employee.
- Become a leader in ecology and sustainable development.
- Respect our own style: simplicity, nature, back to essentials.
- Combine high-tech manufacturing with creative and artisanal techniques.
- A long-term vision is possible thanks to our family shareholders.
- Profit is needed but is not our sole drive.
- New production methods respecting the environment and the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
- Communicate our values
Libeco-Lagae NV is located in Meulebeke, Belgium – a small village – between Bruges and the French border. This region has always been known for its flax culture and prosperous textile industry.
The company is a result of the merge of two traditional linen weavers: Libeco founded in 1864 and Lagae founded in 1858. Since the merge in 1997, the company has grown steadily and today accounts for more than 6o% of total Belgian linen production.
Libeco-Lagae Inc. is our company located in New York City servicing the Northern American market for Libeco Fabrics & Libeco Home
Libeco Home Stores NV is a Belgian company dedicated to the promotion of a ” full linen concept ” in retail and E-commerce.
Libeco-Lagae Group figures:
apx. € 35 million
apx. 190 people
Export 90% to apx. 60 countries all over the world
Key Export Markets
USA, France, UK, Holland, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia
Flax has been farmed and linen fabrics woven in Flanders for centuries. By the 18th century, Meulebeke, situated near Kortrijk, had emerged as one of the villages with the largest linen production. By the 1800’s, there were dozens of weaving firms operating in and around Meulebeke. Of these, only two remained: Libeco and Lagae Linens.
The first information on Libeco dates from 1864. At that time, the company was a collecting point and warehouse for pure linen fabrics produced in the homes of the cottage workforce of the region. From this first warehouse, the woven goods were transported by handcart to Kortrijk, where they were dyed and sold. By 1904, a production facility had been established and the factory had begun to install power looms; by the end of the first World War, 140 looms were in operation. Fine quality, pure linen fabrics and linen-cotton blends were produced for sheets and table coverings. Even then, exports were important to the firm, especially to South America. World War II heralded a difficult period for the company but by the early 1960’s, Libeco’s shareholders adopted an ambitious investment plan to ensure stability and allow the firm to grow once more.
Established in Kortrijk in 1858, Lagae Linens produced fine cambric and handkerchiefs. With their takeover of Tissages de Gryze in Meulebeke, the Lagae brothers began to actively merchandise their expanded weaving production. Despite partial destruction of their weaving workshops in 1940, production facilities at Lagae Linens have been rebuilt and continually expanded over the years resulting in a firm with very modern production equipment. At the time of their merger with Libeco, the firm was equipped with the latest Sülzer-Rüti projectile and rapier weaving machines.
These venerable and uniquely complementary weaving firms merged on June 2, 1997, into a single company known simply as Libeco·Lagae. The strength and synergy realized by this friendly merger ensures that the age-old craft of Belgian linen weaving heads into the new millennium stronger than ever.
Libeco Home and the manufacturing of finished products has always been part of the activities. Between 1864 and 1950 mostly focussed on the production of very fine handkerchiefs, table linen ,bed linen and towels. In the sixties and the seventies the company increased the range to prints and yarn dyes. Since 1980 the division became more and more active in promoting a complete concept of linen for the home. Today it is one of the most creative lines on the contemporary market for household linens.
Libeco-Lagae Inc. was founded in 1993 in New York City. It was set up as a sales office for servicing the apparel market in the States. In 1997 the company acquired the decorative division of Hamilton Adams and merged the two activities. Today the company is our main sales office for the US-market.
Libeco Home Stores NV was founded in 1986 under the name The Linen House. A first store was opened in Bruges as an experiment in retail. Over the years new stores were opened and the “linen concept ” was developed further. Today we operate 2 stores: Tokyo & Meulebeke
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After the Second World War, Belgian weavers joined forces to found the Belgian Flax and Linen Association. In 1960, they created the Belgian Linen quality label to highlight the unique qualities of Belgian linen.
Linen fabrics carrying this label contain a minimum of 85% European flax fiber and are woven in Belgium. These products have a certificate of origin allowing them to be traced to their source. This is your guarantee of Belgian linen of the highest quality.
Belgian Royal Warrant Holder
In 2006, Libeco was awarded the title of Purveyor to the Royal Court. In 2013, this license was reaffirmed under King Philippe. We are proud to hold this title and see it as a recognition of the quality and service that we strive for every day.
Masters of linen
The CELC, or “Confédération Européenne du Lin et du Chanvre,” is a European association whose members cover all stages of linen and hemp production in Western Europe. Members have to meet strict quality requirements and undergo annual inspections.
The CELC’s Masters of Linen Label is only awarded to linen fabrics produced in the EU from fiber to woven product. All Libeco fabrics carry this label.
Since early 2014, Libeco’s weaving mill has been fully CO2-neutral.
C2C Silver Certificate
In June 2014, Libeco was awarded a C2C Certified Silver Label for all loomstate linen fabrics