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la fabuleuse histoire d'un métisseur de liens

the wonderful story of a threads mixer

 Facteur Celeste creates fashion and home accessories, handmade from upcycled materials.


The brand protects the environment and empowers women through quality handicraft items.


Developped by Elise Vanweydeveldt and Delphine Kohler, Facteur Céleste brings creativity, colors and poetry to the world of ethical design.


1980 THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
Delphine Kohler wanted to be an illustrator. But at 24-years-old, she spent one year in Africa that made her dive into materials and gave her a strong taste for colours and things handmade from scratch.

1984 VINTAGE PLASTIC ACCESSORIES
Delphine discovers old coated cotton rolls, from the 60s. She fell in love with their colours and various textures and begins to sew bag and pouches on her old Singer machine. Quickly, she takes her first orders, and collections go by.

1992 FACTEUR CÉLESTE CREATION
Delphine decides to sign her work with the brand Facteur Celeste.

"Facteur" comes from the word "make" in French. Indeed, Delphine focuses on what is handmade. The adjective "Céleste" meaning "from the skies" brings some poetry to the brand.


1994 THE ZORI, THE ETHNIC FLIP FLOP
During a trip to Japan, she discovers the "zoris" those ancestral and sophisticated flip flops. She imports the bridles and assemble them in French Basque Country on differentiated soles (the authentic zori is the same for both feet). Facteur Celeste becomes famous with these ethnical and classy flip flops.

2000-2007 THE SHOP IN THE MIDDLE OF PARIS
When Facteur Celeste opens a shop in Paris, new values come up. The brand get recognized for its ethics and takes part in the emergence of sustainable development. It highlights manual know how and small artisans. The exchanges with the public are really different from other shops : one can find DIY workshops, sewing or cooking classes, for both adults and children, exhibitions and concerts. 

2008 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Delphine rethinks of the values she wants to bind with her work. She initiates a project of plastic bags recycling by women workshops. This is when the NGO is created. Les Filles du Facteur, social face of the brand.

2011 FACTEUR CÉLESTE TAKES A STEP UP
Well-known brands as Monoprix and Voyageurs du Monde choose Facteur Céleste's home and fashion accessories made in Burkina Faso. The projects goes on and grows little by little.

2013 THE TEAM GROWS
Elise Vanweydeveldt joins in with Delphine and brings her a new expertise. The 2 women are complementary and the adventures becomes the one of a duo.

Together and with the crocheting women that thrive with creativity, they durably give Facteur Celeste a future in a sustainable design world.


2017 NEW MATERIALS
Even if they are far from disappearing, plastic bags are now banned from France and become rarer in Burkina Faso. In order to maintain the workshops, Facteur Celeste mixes materials and brings back the old vintage plastic rolls, with which Delphine began as designer. Squares are cut and pierced to be linked with a plastic bag thread : the VINTAGE collection is truly a bridge between yesterday and today. In the VITALE collection, the squares are made from PET bottles, assembled for a gorgeous transparency look.

2019 NEW CHALLENGES
Elise takes over the brand management, while Delphine focuses on the NGO activities in France and opens a café in Montreuil. The tone is changing a bit, but the values remain, in order to make Facteur Celeste's philosophy last.

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