Australian bridal house Calèche began in 1973, from the fashion capital of Paris to the illustrious bay of Sydney Harbour, when Colette Foubert sailed to Australia with her husband Olivier and their four children. Making their way to Adelaide with humble beginnings, Colette started the business with one machinist, some patterns and rolls of fabric spread across the floor. She was the designer, Olivier the cutter.
For five years, they travelled the country visiting every township that had a drapery or fashion store until agents offered to promote their range in every capital city and regional centre of Australia
As Calèche flourished and their four children grew up, they each in turn joined the family business. Eventually these hand-crafted gowns from the Calèche workrooms in Norwood were being sold in selected stores Australia-wide as well as in boutiques across France and Italy. Sons Hervé and Eric now carry on the business into the second generation, with Hervés’ wife Elizabeth joining in 1996.
Since Colette’s passing in 2003, Elizabeth Foubert carries on the tradition of European style designs. Liz graduated from the London School of Design and then worked in France before coming to Australia.
Today, Calèche gowns are stocked in selected boutiques across Australia and New Zealand. In South Australia, at the Calèche Australian bridal house in Norwood, brides-to-be can view the latest collections or have their dream gown made specially for them.
BEHIND THE SEAMS
Meet the Calèche Team
We are a locally owned, designed and made Australian bridal store – all our gowns are designed and made right here by our fabulous team within our South Australian boutique. Here we provide you with a little behind the scenes look into the our workroom and the faces behind Calèche.