It was a love of linen and an attention to detail that first fired Bernie de Le Cuonaâ€™s desire to create beautiful fabrics.
She crafted her very first design into a cushion which buyers ordered immediately. Now after some twenty years in the business Bernie has a reputation that is second to none for developing exquisite fabric collections harnessing the colour and beauty produced by the best International master weavers. Her immense skill and natural flair for fabrics also demands a refined finish, look and drape which make them truly unique.
Artisan techniques underpin each new fabric introduced into the collection – Bernie has led the way with stone-washed linens, embossed linens and the use of tonal wool yarns to add a special dimension to unique embroideries on superb quality linen base cloths and, of course, her signature wool and cotton paisleys which are recognised worldwide. Her cushion collection enjoys the same reputation.
The companyâ€™s growth has moved the hub of the business from an understated carriage house to Mistress Pageâ€™s House in Windsor.
Built in the 17th Century and allegedly the home of a mistress to King Charlesâ€™ II upon whom Shakespeare based the character of Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The modern warehousing carrying the complete collection of fabrics and accessories is just a stoneâ€™s throw away.
Whilst the Walton Street showroom in London draws many International clients to the collection, flagship showrooms in Moscow and the D&D Building in New York demonstrate the de Le Cuona look to a wider audience. There are now ten third party showrooms across the USA and Canada.
To service the every growing demand forâ€™ de Le Cuona styleâ€™ Â Bernie has added an eclectic mix of rich textured materials that accomplish a look of soft glamour and understated elegance; these are known as the â€˜Eclectic Collectionâ€™. When schemed with the subtly textured simplicity of the linens or the grandeur of the paisleys, the Eclectics round-off the collection which offers discerning customers all the elements for a beautiful and comfortable home.
2010 FABRIC DESIGN WINNER
To learn more about the brand, please click on the left to see a short film on Bernie and the company produced for Veranda Magazine’s Art of Design Awards.