Our story

Raised between Paris and Antananarivo, our founder and designer, Monique Ramahay, is imbued with the French “art de vivre” since childhood. Fully at home in the capital, in love with its refined atmosphere, sophisticated manners and outstanding culture, the choice of a Parisian boutique came as an evidence. Uniting the best of France and Madagascar, each dress is a unique combination of Parisian elegance and traditional Malagasy heritage.

Monique Ramahay - Founder of ‘ L’Ile Aux Fees’

Monique Ramahay - Founder of ‘ L’Ile Aux Fees’

 

Indeed the story of our dresses starts thousand of kilometres away, on the beautiful red island of Madagascar, in the Indian ocean. It is in Monique Ramahay beloved birth country, that all our garments come alive. Each piece is handmade with passion within our very own atelier. For more than three decades, the secrets of smocks which is the art of embroidering  geometrical or figurative shapes on top of tightly pleated panels of fabric are passed down from one generation to another by our team of experts. Ancient know-how first imported by European missionaries, this craftsmanship has today become part and parcel of the Madagascan heritage.

Of all colours, sizes and shapes, smocks and embroideries contribute to the sophistication of our dresses. Offering unlimited possibilities, they enhance our creativity. Each season is a new opportunity to experiment and renew our designs. Inspiration is gleaned from nature’s beauty, cherished childhood memories, and most of all French culture.

Fabric sourcing, is a key part of the creative process. Following her senses, Monique lets herself be entirely seduced : A fabric has a taste, a smell, a texture, it must be pleasant to the eyes, the hands… Once in love with a bright cotton, precious organza or poetic Liberty print, her imagination starts to whirl and design ideas start to flow and very quickly become garments in my mind!

 

To allow each and every child to have an exclusive outfit, we have made the choice of very limited editions. Making each child feel unique is among our dearest wishes. Our collections are therefore available in our Parisian boutique and self-owned e-shop only.


léonore in one of our iconic LUCIE smocked dress

léonore in one of our iconic LUCIE smocked dress