Let us take you back to the year 1858 in Flanders. At that time, weaving was a specialty of flax farmers, a way to earn extra money during the harsh winter months when it was too cold to work the land. All flax fabrics were transported by horse-drawn wagons to Kortrijk, the center of the flax industry.
Our company, Libeert & Compagnie, was located near the train station and sold linen to merchants from all over the world who wanted to buy the coveted Flemish flax.
Around the same time, Flanders was participating in the Industrial Revolution. The first mechanical, steam-powered weaving mills sprang up in the countryside. At the turn of the century, we built our own weaving mill in Meulebeke, about 10 miles from Kortrijk.
Libeco is still operating at this location today, more than 150 years later. Flax is a locally produced fiber, processed by experienced and passionate craftsmen.
All our linen is woven in Belgium. The fabric is checked meter by meter and mended by hand if necessary. Our products are made with great care, for the product but also for the environment. In recent years we have again taken important steps by becoming a CO2 neutral company and launching a 100% organic linen collection. Corporate sustainability for a viable future, that is our vision.
By now, the fifth generation of the Libeert family is running the company.