Maison Sajou de Paris
Jacques Simon Sajou was born on May 25, 1805, into a family of wigmakers and perfumers in Sens, a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France.
He will be widowed twice, before settling in Paris where he will quickly become one of the notables and benefactors of the city. In 1840, he married Astasie Granger, niece of the history painter Jean-Pierre Granger. The same year, he published his first embroidery design, a Madonna and Jesus Child.
Jacques Simon Sajou set up Maison Sajou in 1847 on Rue Rambuteau, Paris. He wasn't the first to publish embroidery designs in France, but he was certainly the first to devote himself entirely to it. Working on new printing methods, developing original production methods, and collaborating on various French embroidery publications.
In 1864, after 19 years, Jacques Sajou withdrew from the business and left Maison Sajou to his brother-in-law, Claude Marie Cabin. After more than thirty years spent in Rue Rambuteau, Maison Sajou moved in 1882 to 74 Boulevard Sébastopol, again in Paris.
It was then run by the son of Claude Cabin and joined in 1885 by his son-in-law Georges Lefèvre. In 1897, Maison Sajou was run by Georges Lefèvre's son-in-law, Emmanuel Anglard, who became its owner in 1902. He won several grand prizes, notably in Milan in 1906, Brussels in 1910, London in 1912, and Ghent in 1913.
In 1934, Maison Sajou moved again, this time to Rue La Boétie, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. After 149 years of trading, Maison Sajou will sadly disappear in 1954.
La Grande Renaissance de Mason Sajou en Paris
After 50 years, in November 2004, Frédérique Crestin-Billet, passionate about haberdashery, had the great idea of registering the Maison Sajou brand. In May 2005, she launched the Maison Sajou website, offering only quality products made in France.
In September 2013, the Maison Sajou Paris store had opened once again. Among the first products offered were re-editions of the famous small albums of embroidery. But very quickly, the range expanded to cover haberdashery and needlework. Embroidery scissors, threads for sewing, embroidery, lace, leather goods; a wide range of cross stitch and embroidery kits, needles and pins; ribbons and lace; lined sewing boxes and numerous storage boxes; re-editions of small wooden sewing objects; stationery and many gift ideas.
The Needle Store is incredibly proud to sell Sajou scissors. I'm a big fan of Sajou and wanted to share my passion with you. Take a look at their website, if you love haberdashery, you'll love Sajou.