True as Steel
to a Textile Region
Pagès Inox is a family company based in Saint-Amans-Soult, a small village at the foot of the Montagne Noire, and specialized in boilermaking.
Yvon Pagès, the grandfather of current CEO Xavier Pagès, introduced stainless steel to the Mazamet area in order to help the local textile industry, as stainless steel – an alloy of irons – is highly resistant to corrosion, rust or stains, especially when in contact with water or in humid places.
Therefore, Pagès Inox manufactured the first dyeing and fellmongering vats that did not rust. Then they diversified into the agribusiness, as well as the chemical, medical and nautical industries. Since the seventies, interior decorators have also been using stainless steel for its unique aesthetics.
Pagès Inox took part in the Made in Town / Montagne Noire exhibition, which was held from October 21, 2015 to February 13, 2016 at Made in Town in Paris.
Made in Metz. A graduate from the Institut de Commerce de Nancy (ICN Business School), where he attended a cross-disciplinary management program dedicated to the luxury industry, he initiated a study as part of his master’s thesis on the role of craftsmanship in this specific sector and its ability to contribute to the emergence of new production systems. It is when working at the Institut National des Métiers d’Art that he discovered the true wealth of the French heritage. He now wishes to educate the public about local know-how from all over the world and their cultural roots, through a selection of diverse projects in the fields of fashion, design and art.
On the occasion of Travel, Marie-Ange Guilleminot and Made in Town organize a series of encounters with guardians of gestures and techniques: costumers, tailors, embroiderers, corsetry-makers, graphic designers.
Made in Town interrupts the daily grind, taking a voyage south to the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, in pursuit of local savoir-faire and products, desiring (as always) to strengthen the bond between the public and producers. The exhibition Made in Town / Montagne Noire parks its suitcases first at the Castres Economic Fair.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.