A century-old family business

It all started in 1903, when Émile Barrois created a cotton yarn twisting factory in the town of Marcq-en-Baroeul. This one, in the heart of the textile industrial region of the North, is located at equal distance from the many spinning mills of Lille, Roubaix and Tourcoing which existed then. To connect these three large cities dedicated to textiles, a large boulevard had just been newly opened: it was near it and, at the time, in the middle of the fields, that Émile Barrois chose to build large buildings, typical of factories of the time.


Joseph Toulemonde-Barrois and his brother-in-law Christophe Barrois took over from him just before the Second World War. Both continue to develop the company.

The 1960s marked the arrival of the third generation with Joseph Toulemonde, then Didier Toulemonde, who brought a revival to the company with, in particular, diversifications in innovative sectors of the textile industry. These new markets lead to major investments in production tools with sophisticated machines allowing, among other things, double twist twisting.


La quatrième génération, représentée par Bruno Toulemonde, le dirigeant actuel ne se laisse pas décourager par la détérioration, dans les années 1980, de l’environnement textile. Tout au contraire, l’entreprise se modernise encore et continue à se diversifier avec un seul objectif : fournir des fils de qualité pour les secteurs haut de gamme du textile. C’est ainsi qu’en 1998 est rachetée l’entreprise Texmonde, spécialisée dans la fabrication de fil à coudre. Plus deux années plus tard, intervient l’acquisition de Barrois-Toulemonde, entreprise spécialisée dans la fabrication de fils pour le tissage et la dentelle. 

 

In 2007, a new adventure begins, with the acquisition of the Vrau house. The latter has a major activity in the manufacture of sewing threads for the clothing and leather goods industry, but also a whole range of products for haberdashery, with the famous Fil Au Chinois and Laine Saint-Pierre brands.


Finally, in 2015, it will be the acquisition of the Lebaufil brand specializing in the manufacture of elastic threads and metal threads.


Recently, Louis & Antoine Toulemonde, representing the fifth generation, joined the family business.