Our history

The Société Choletaise de Fabrication de Lacets began life as a shoelace manufacturer, founded by Benjamin Ferchaud in the 1960s. We opened our braiding factory.
In the 1980s, the family business expanded into weaving and took the name Société Choletaise de Fabrication.

In 1998, Benjamin’s son, Jacques Ferchaud took over the management of the company.

4 years later Jacques Ferchaud died and his wife Annie took the reins.

In 2010, SCF was sold to Olivier Verrièle. He reorganised the business, with his eye on new opportunities in the clothing sector.

Since 2011, SCF has been raising its profile by taking part in various trade fairs (Première Vision in Paris: the international trade fair for services and accessories for the fashion and design industries, as well as Lineapelle, Performance Days and Munich Fabric Start).

In 2012, SCF was recognised as an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Enterprise), in recognition of the excellence of the craftsmanship and industrial expertise of our staff.

In December 2013, SCF acquired 1050 wooden braiding looms, mostly dating from 1800 to 1900, from Guy Camus in Saint Chamond in the Haute-Loire. This allowed us to expand our product range and help safeguard the future of French craftsmanship.
Guy Camus provided training for two braiders in how to assemble, maintain and use the machines.

The business grew in December, moving to new premises in Beaupréau-en-Mauges. Our 5,000m² factory will enable us to preserve traditional French craftsmanship in an optimum environment.

In 2016, SCF acquired 70 lace braiding looms from Puy en Velay in the Haute-Loire, to enable us to move into a new sector of the fashion industry. A team was hired to spend a year learning and mastering the skill of lace making in the Puy en Velay factory.
Dessalces trimming lace collections were added to the range of products manufactured by SCF.

The wooden looms and lace braiding looms were moved to a new facility at our Beaupréau-en-Mauges site.

Today, SCF has an international profile and offers a range of bespoke products, all made in France.