Who are we?

Every region of France is rich in technical expertise which has shaped our landscape, our customs and our culture.
SCF has its roots in the Cholet area, long known for its textile and footwear manufacturing.
Discover a textile SME which designs and manufactures bespoke accessories by bringing together traditional and modern techniques with cutting-edge innovation!

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.

Our commitments

The expertise of our workers has been EPV accredited since 2012. Société Choletaise de Fabrication is committed to supporting traditional craftsmanship and to ensuring that rare skills are not forgotten. Preserving France’s industrial heritage is one of SCF’s key values. SCF is a business with a personal touch. For half a century, we have lived our values by creating products that are 100% made in France, 100% custom-made, without a minimum order size and by being truly customer-focused to allow us to meet your individual needs.

True excellence:

100% made in France since 1969
100% custom-made products

in all our collections and colours.

No minimum order size

Société Choletaise de Fabrication is committed to moving with the times and offers environmentally-friendly products in wool, organic cotton, recycled polyester and linen.

Quality and Innovation

SCF aspires to develop innovative new products so we can respond to future demand. That is why we work together with Techtera (an innovation cluster for technical and functional textiles), R3iLab, IFTH (a technical centre for textiles), CTC (a technical leather centre), educational institutions (ITEC and ENSAID) and several industrial businesses (AD confection, Armor, Garnier-Thiebaut, Muliez-Flory, amongst others).

Société Choletaise de Fabrication innovates through creation, design and research to help our customers design products, to bring new ideas to the table and also to modernise our own processes. This is the reason behind our work with Mode Grand Ouest and IFTH to support textile production in the west of France. We are part of the Innofamod company modernisation project which is supported by the Pays de la Loire region.

Banc 3.0:

The Banc 3.0 project is the outcome of an innovation process drawing on French industrial expertise and an ethos of partnership and openness.
It is a three-dimensional project, bringing together people, nature and technology. The outcome? Cabane 3.0, designed by Amaury Poudray.

Tabouret Tabcord:

create, innovate, invent… For example, the Bobine project, run as part of the non-technological innovation network at R3iLab. Cord is flexible; we toughen the cord by heating it, so it takes the shape of the frame upon which it is wound. This patented process named Plug It was developed through a collaboration with designer François Azambourg.

Chaise Strap:

The Chaise Strap project was carried out in collaboration with furniture designer Moustache and design bureau Scholten & Baijings. This chair, intended for indoor and outdoor use, was chosen as a design of the year by London Design Musuem. SCF’s strap was used to cover a metallic structure using a weaving technique.