Welcome to Tea & Madeleine
Inspired by my grandmother who studied fashion in the 1930s and by a love of France, Tea & Madeleine was created to provide a complete resort collection influenced by the elegance of the French Riviera in 1930s. We celebrate the inspiring women of that era and the sophistication that once went with travel. The Tea & Madeleine world draws inspiration from the Seeberger Brothers' iconic pictures of Riviera and High Society life during the decade.
The name Tea & Madeleine comes from a French novel by Marcel Proust. When the author dips the cake in tea it brings memories of childhood flooding back. It represents our love of France and our nostalgia for the elegance of the past.
Our clothes are made in Europe from the finest natural fabrics such as Italian silks, Irish linen and French cotton. We do not subscribe to trends but instead update our collection regularly and design vintage inspired clothing with a modern fit.
By keeping the entire manufacturing cycle for our garments in Europe we are able to rely on a community of local weavers, dyers and finishers who can guarantee us the highest level of quality. At the same time, we help keep these skilled jobs local, so that the tradition and expertise of luxury textile manufacturing can be passed on to the next generation.
We can also more easily control the environmental footprint of our operation, and make sure that all of our artisans are compensated fairly and are happy with their work conditions.
We are inspired by the Japanese design concepts of ‘shibui’ and ‘wabi-sabi’. ‘Shibui’ means elegant simplicity. We use muted colours which are easy to co-ordinate and we design our clothes without unnecessary embellishment.
‘Wabi’ connotes understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and irregularities arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object.
‘Sabi’ is beauty that comes with age, when the life of the object is evidenced in its wear. It is the kind of beauty found in antique teacups and ageing pieces of cloth. Our clothes are made to last and to be handed down and we support the concept of slow fashion.
We hope you will come with us on a journey to a more elegant time and place. Feel free to leave a comment or follow us on social media.