THE LE CREUSET STORY
THE EARLY YEARS (1925 - 1957)
Desaegher and Aubecq opened their foundry in 1925 in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, a strategic location at the crossroads of transportation routes for iron, coke and sand. That same year, the first cocotte, or Dutch oven, was produced, laying the foundation for what is now an extensive range of cookware and kitchen utensils.
The Le Creuset signature color, Flame, was born in this first piece. With their new ability to pigment the enamel glaze, Desaegher and Aubecq modeled their first color after the intense orange hue of molten cast iron inside a cauldron (“creuset” in French). This vibrant shade became known as the refreshing color choice within a sea of gray.
After an early expansion of our product range, the onset of the second world war brought troubled times. Over the next several years, we focused our efforts on continually improving our cast iron.
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