It was a love of linen and an attention to detail that first fired Bernie de Le Cuona’s desire to create beautiful fabrics. Today, her company and brand, de Le Cuona, is a renowned purveyor of luxury textiles for interiors with a 25-year history. The company sources the finest fibres from around the world to create exquisitely understated linen, wool paisley, velvet, silk, cashmere and alpaca.
Bernie crafted her very first design into a cushion which buyers ordered immediately. Now after twenty five years in the business, she has a well-earned 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 recognized worldwide. Her cushion collection enjoys the same reputation.
On who inspires her as a designer, Bernie says:
"It has to be Coco Chanel. She broke all the rules and, against all odds, was fearless in her quest to produce what she believed were fabulous clothes for women."
As an entrepreneur in this highly competitive global industry sector, Bernie de Le Cuona is unique, being at the helm of both the design and creative direction as well as business operations. With her vision, de Le Cuona is today a luxury global brand. Now with fabric and home accessory collections launched each year, the company has grown into an international enterprise with thriving showrooms in London and New York with a network of elite distributors and agents worldwide. The headquarters are in Royal Windsor.
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When the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, Bernie de Le Cuona feared for her high-end fabrics business. People were spending less on decorating their homes and yachts and so she had to put her prices up.
Bernie de Le Cuona, a South African born entrepreneur building a luxury fabric brand that is taking the world by storm
In the highly discerning world of luxury interiors, global designers and homeowners are always trying to source the most beautiful fabrics and furnishings to create the ultimate living environments. The de Le Cuona luxury fabric brand has built a global reputation at the forefront of this industry,