Inheriting the “La Confection Parisienne” workshop founded in 1945 by his grandfather, and the trouser-making workshop Mapelco set up by his father, Richard Boireau is the third link in a chain of expertise passed down through the generations.
The Confection Boischaut Nord (CBN) is steeped in a family history. Richard and his wife now expertly steer this workshop, which was set up by Marc Henri Décurey in 1971 in Ecueillé. Still, to this day, specialises in shirt-making.
In 1988, the former manager Mr Décurey forged a partnership with a Japanese Group, a move which not only rescued the company from the difficulties it was going through, but above all enabled it to gear its production towards designer products that few European businesses are in a position to emulate today.
Still going strong today…
Bought up by Richard Boireau in 2004, even though the sector was struggling amid a tough international playing field, our shirt-making company has since fashioned a global sub-contracting service.
Our workshop is one of the remaining few in France to boast such a level of home-grown shirt-making expertise. We are sustaining the know-how of the Châteauroux region. Which has a long-standing history of garment and shirt-making. Its first workshops emerged back in the 19th century, at a time when most of the production process was done at home.
In 2015 a new challenge (CBN 2030) was launched, when our current manager Richard Boireau, with our sole customer’s agreement, decided to open up the business side to other potential contractors and, what’s more, the company began to review its dated organisational model.
Thanks to CBN’s new business approach, our revenue has risen by 10% over the past two years – with the arrival of new designers who are eager to tap into the company’s hallmark skill set. Since 2017, Richard Boireau has been working on the company’s international growth through contacts with the USA, Switzerland and Japan.
Bespoke and cutting-edge…
Richard Boireau’s guiding principle, is to always be at the forefront of technology. So as to continue catering to our designers’ ever more complex, bold and imaginative demands.
For example, while a classic shirt (CBN’s flagship product) contains no more than twenty pieces. CBN has already made a shirt stitched together from 440 pieces!
The company must now show much more technical workmanship in using such materials as silk, by combining it with leather for example. New materials like latex are now being added to ready-to-wear items.
Avec 60 années d’expérience et de savoir-faire l’Atelier CBN est la référence pour la confection de chemises en France.