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ART CRAFTS

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The owners of L’Arca are successors of Hijos de R. Vives, a factory of lace and Spanish mantillas founded in 1865 that bore the prestigious label “Purveyor of the Royal Household”. While respecting this legacy, we like to reinterpret, repurpose and modernize the use of lace, mantilla and other folk products.

LACE

We sell lace by the yard for wedding gowns, regional costumes and crafts.

We specialize in 19th-century lace, such as Brussels lace, Duchess and point de gaze.
We also design and produce new lace inspired by antique textiles from our collection, for private clients, the textile industry, and museums.

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HABERDASHERY

Vintage lace and ribbons by the yard, buttons, azabache. Lovers of crafts and hand-made items will feel transported to an old notions shop.

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FOLKLORE

We specialize in Isabeline and Empire Manila shawls, manteletas and other items essential to folk costumes and regional attire, such as hair combs, fans and mantilla veils. We cherish and respect iconic elements of folk and regional cultures even as we reinterpret and update their use.

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Antique fan

ANTIQUE FAN

Antique fan with marabou feathers and tortoiseshell ribs

Handmade Spanish Chantilly mantilla veil

CHANTILLY MANTILLA VEIL

Handmade Spanish Chantilly mantilla veil, 19th. C., with tortoiseshell dressing-comb

Manila shawl

MANILA SHAWL

Antique hand-embroidered silk Manila shawl, 19th. C.

CHILDREN

Children have their own space at L’Arca. We carry heirloom christening dresses and first communion gowns, as well as unique outfits for special events.

Batiste ceremonial dress

CEREMONIAL DRESS

Batiste ceremonial dress with Valenciennes lace and silk ribbon, by L’ARCA

Replica christening suit

CHRISTENING SUIT

Replica christening suit with Brussels lace and matching cape and hat, by L’ARCA

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