THE CHUNKY KNIT CARDIGAN

Pearl Coast - The Knit Jacket

In the knitting of the waves, where each ripple sways,
The point of the horizon stretches and plays.
In the sparkle of the sea, poetry awakens,
Each word, a pearl, in this crimson expanse.

Tekla Cardigan

Tekla Cardigan

merino wool cardigan - fine french wool from Arles (South of France) - wavy knit, assembly & mother-of-pearl buttons made in France

  • Arles Merino wool
  • Undyed
  • Made in France
  • Mother-of-pearl button
460 €
  • Description
  • MATERIALS AND ORIGINS
  • CARE
  • Certificates and labels
  • SIZE

Tekla is inspired by the elegant ladies from La Belle Époque on the Côte Fleurie, and the sweet memories of a cardigan that the designer's grandmother had knitted for her. Its wave stitch is inspired by the movement of the sea. It is made from Arles Merino sheep's wool. Spun in Italy. Tencel labels made in portugal. Natural mother-of-pearl buttons engraved in France. Knitted in Normandy, France. This piece is of noble fineness, endowed with exceptional antibacterial and thermoregulatory properties. The color is natural, meaning that no bleaching or dyeing has been applied to this garment. To achieve a dense and plush texture, six strands were assembled evokes the movement of the sea during knitting, resulting in a weight of approximately 700 grams for the cardigan. Like a jacket, Tekla features slightly marked shoulders with delicate gathers. Its slightly shortened A-line cut, pagoda sleeves, and petite padded shoulders, combined with the wavy knit pattern, give it the elegance of a very feminine couture jacket.

- Created in Paris and knitted in France, in Normandy

- Arles Merino yarn spun in Italy

- Troca mother-of-pearl buttons, engraved in France

- Brand label made of undyed Tencel, woven in Portugal on a base of recycled polyester

- Composition label made of undyed Tencel, produced in Portugal

- Assembly threads and re-stitching in Arles Merino wo

Merino wool is antibacterial; airing your cardigan is sufficient for regular maintenance.

- Machine washing prohibited

- Eco-friendly dry cleaning recommended

- Hand wash at room temperature

- Gently wring without twisting

- Do not tumble dry

- Dry flat in the shade

- Tekla is knitted by a workshop that has been awarded the "EPV" label, "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company).

Take your measurements at the narrowest part of the waist and at the widest part of the chest. Consult the size guide to determine which size corresponds to your measurements. If you are unsure between two sizes, choose the larger or smaller one depending on the desired fit. The Tekla cardigan has a generous volume, designed to be worn over blouses. You can size down if you prefer a more fitted look. Like any knitwear, it is naturally stretchy and flexible. It is recommended to store it folded in a wardrobe rather than hanging it to prevent any risk of deformation. Size 1 fits sizes 34/36 or 38 snugly. Size 2 fits sizes 38/40 or 42 snugly. Size 3 fits sizes 44/46 and 48 snugly. The model is 1.73m tall and wears size 2

undyed
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Shipping times 2 to 5 days in France, 5 to 8 days in Europe and 6 to 16 days internationally
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Manufacturing

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French manufacturing

The crafting of each product is entirely done in France, covering cutting, knitting for knitwear, assembly, finishing, and ironing.

No subcontracting is allowed by contract. I personally visit the workshops to supervise the process and get to know the people working on my products.

The denim is manufactured in Normandy.

The knitwear is crafted in Troyes.

The knitted fabric is entirely produced in Normandy.

The soft garments (blouses, dresses, and tops made of delicate woven fabrics) are crafted in Nantes.

The scarves are woven and embroidered in Lyon using French threads.

Fine Arles Merino Wool

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Fine Arles Merino Wool

La laine utilisée pour la veste Tekla provient du mouton Mérinos d'Arles, réputé pour sa finesse et sa qualité exceptionnelle, introduit en France au XVIIIe siècle par le roi d'Espagne Philippe V pour développer l'élevage de moutons à laine fine. Cette laine, héritage d'une tradition textile ancestrale, se distingue par ses propriétés thermorégulatrices, antibactériennes et son confort moelleux. Cependant, lors de la mondialisation, elle a été progressivement délaissée au profit de fils importés de Nouvelle-Zélande ou d'Australie, souvent filés en Chine pour inonder le marché international à moindre coût. Les troupeaux de moutons français ont alors été principalement exploités pour leur viande, reléguant la laine au second plan. Toutefois, une prise de conscience environnementale croissante a ravivé l'intérêt pour cette ressource locale précieuse. Aujourd'hui, choisir un tricot en laine de France, c'est opter pour la qualité, soutenir l'agriculture locale, promouvoir une mode durable et valoriser un patrimoine traditionnel d'exception.

BOUTONS NACRE

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Boutons logo Envol en Nacre

Boutons logo Envol en nacre

Le bouton est en nacre naturellement dorée pour le coloris TROCA, ou grise pour la nacre de Tahiti. Il est gravé en France du logo Envol. Le symbole « Envol » réunit les deux V de Virginie Voncken, l'un au-dessus de l'autre. Il évoque l'envol de deux oiseaux et symbolise la liberté. Le dessin rappelle aussi les pousses de la nature, ponctuées d'une goutte de sève, qui représente le cycle de la vie. Les lignes rondes évoquent également la sensualité des courbes féminines.

De façon plus personnelle, les deux oiseaux font écho au lien très fort qui unit mes deux fils.

TENCEL LABEL

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TENCEL LABEL

The labels of my brand, woven in Portugal, are made of Tencel. This artificial fiber is considered one of the most ecological. It is derived from wood or wood waste, sourced from sustainably managed forests, using non-polluting processes. Tencel has been chosen undyed. Avoiding bleaching and dyeing materials is a radical way to minimize water pollution impact, as these treatments are heavy and aggressive for the environment. To ensure their durability and legibility in the long term, there is no other option but to weave the labels on a recycled polyester base. However, I am looking to eliminate this last touch of polyester from my collections by following technological advancements. The size is included on each label to avoid having a brand tag and a size chip, thus reducing the resources and energy required for their production.

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Tencel composition lablel

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Tencel composition lablel

The composition labels are made of undyed Tencel ribbon, woven and printed in Portugal. Tencel is an artificial fiber produced without toxic chemicals in a closed-loop system. This quality is used on lightweight and delicate products. For thicker labels, a cotton quality is used. Tencel, an eco-friendly fiber, is made from eucalyptus pulp, requiring less water and energy than other fibers. Biodegradable and durable, it offers a softness and silky touch similar to silk, while being strong and easy to care for. In France, I could not find soft labels made of cotton or Tencel. For logistical reasons, I have combined both qualities from the same Portuguese manufacturer.

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A LITLLE STORY ABOUT TEKLA

Tekla is the first name of my maternal grandmother. I cherish the sweet memories of summers spent at her home, the smell of the dishes she prepared for us, her flower garden, her laughter, her glacier blue eyes, passed down to my children, her fiery temperament, and her tenderness towards us. My grandmother had magical hands; she knitted and crocheted incredibly delicate pieces by hand. This skill, which she passed on to my mother who has the same talents, inspired me to direct part of my career towards knitting work. Knitting is a sophisticated craft, almost imbued with magic. It takes considerable experience to start with a simple thread and turn it into a garment. I adore knitting because it reminds me of the two women in my life: my mother and my grandmother, and also because, in textile arts, it is the most mysterious to me. My grandmother knitted sweaters and cardigans for me that I still have today. I treasure them as lineage treasures. Therefore,

I have created a "reissue" of a model she made for me, and I sign this piece with her first name.