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Cluny Lace Company Ltd 14 March 2018

The Cluny Lace Company Limited is the last independent Leavers lace manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The Mason family have, for nine generations, been closely connected with lace making since it was first produced by machine during the industrial revolution. After extensive training abroad and at university, the ninth generation now carry out day-to-day management of this progressive company. The Cluny Lace Company’s plant of sixteen traditional Nottingham Leavers lace machines include four of the widest ever built by John Jardine.

Throughout the last one hundred and sixty years Cluny Lace has continued to build up a data bank of thousands of lace patterns. By combining the best of old traditions with the newest technology, the firm is able to produce a wide range of exquisite and unique designs, concentrating on the Cluny and Valencienne styles. Burberry chose Cluny lace from which to make their range of lace trench coats in 2014 and the association has continued, due to the popularity of the style.

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Burberry Trench Coat- Kindly lent to Lace Unarchived by Cluny Lace Co. Photo credit Julian Lister

The Cluny lace range is unique in the world and is based on sixteenth-century Genoese patterns housed at the Musee de Cluny in Paris. Whilst the Valencienne range is a collection of the best patterns made by the Nottingham lace trade over the last century. Both ranges are made from long staple Egyptian Cotton and are dyed and finished in France. All patterns are stocked in Black, White, Cream and Off-White.

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