Our Story

Françoise and Thierry

Françoise and Thierry, partners in life and work, opened their first workshop in 1996 in VALLABREGUES, Presbytère street, in an old stoned house, situated in the center of the little village of PROVENCE.

The studio is an extension to their passion as antique lovers.

Thierry goes from village to village with his truck, finds and returns with treasures and materials which were the prized possessions of grandmothers. Aside from old fabrics, a small space at the back of the truck is always reserved for favourite furniture and charming objects. A second life is then given to the restored fabrics, all in the hands of Françoise’s imagination, creativity and artisanal touch. The small ever-changing collection of antiques and the marvellous assortment of antique linens and objects, made from antique materials, are available in many shops in France, Relais & Châteaux and Ducasse, and all over the world, USA, CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA…

In 2006, the adventure continues for the couple who wants to keep the artisanal quality of their company; they moved from the South of France to MONTRÉAL, QC and decided to open a small studio/boutique in the antique area on Notre Dame Street West.
In January 2011 The Atelier du Presbytère moved in a more spacious loft of MONTRÉAL, to the former Simmons mattress factory, on the banks of the Lachine Canal, St Ambroise street, where the creation and the production found again its place.

In July 2016, just 20 years after its creation, The Atelier du Presbytere left the city to the countryside. PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY in ONTARIO selected, they moved next to the church, in the quiet village of MILFORD.
The adventure continues in ONTARIO for The ATELIER DU PRESBYTERE !

Textile

We individually handcraft all our creations in our workshop, with natural antique fabrics (linen, hemp, blends of linen and cotton, or thin linen) that we carefully choose and bring back from France. We also use some contemporary Linens we pre washed and give them a handmade vintage treatment. We give all our textiles a second life; vintage tablecloth, napkin, placemat, tea towel, sheet, pillow case, duvet cover, blouse, handkerchief, lace or braid, all patiently wait their turn to be transformed to custom one-of-a-kind pieces.

Charming Objects, Furniture

Our collection of charming antique objects and furniture has already made its history as antiques. We choose our favourites in France, sometimes we customize them, but always the old patina is there. Order your own model that we can handcraft with antiques pieces or simply with an antique style.

“L’Atelier du Presbytère is far from being a museum. Nor are the owners, Thierry and Françoise Méchin Pellet, antique dealers. They are more artisans that give new life to fabrics and objects with from the past.”

– Martina Djogo, Voir Nov 2007