Chanel S.A. is a French privately held company owned by Alain Wertheimer and Gérard Wertheimer, grandsons of Pierre Wertheimer, who was an early business partner of the couturière Coco Chanel.
Chanel is a luxury company that focuses on high fashion and ready-made clothes, luxury products, and accessories.
In her youth, Gabrielle Chanel gained the nickname Coco from her time as a chanteuse. As a fashion designer, Coco Chanel catered to women’s taste for elegance in dress, with blouses and suits, trousers and dresses, and jewelry (gemstone and bijouterie) of simple design, that replaced the opulent, over-designed, and constrictive clothes and accessories of 19th-century fashion.Wikipedia
Alexander McQueen is a British luxury fashion house founded by designer Alexander McQueen in 1992.
In December 2000, the Gucci Group acquired 51% of his company and appointed him as Creative Director before launching stores in London, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.Wikipedia
Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand.
Founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Veneto, its atelier is located within an 18th-century villa in Montebello Vicentino. Its headquarters are in Lugano, Switzerland, with offices in Milan and Vicenza, Italy.
In 2001, Bottega Veneta was purchased by Gucci Group, and it is now part of the French conglomerate Kering.
In the 1970s, the company began advertising with the tag line “When your own initials are enough”. By the early 1980s, Bottega Veneta was a favorite of the international jet set, with clients including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the empress Farah Pahlavi.
Andy Warhol made a short film for the company in 1980.
During the 1980s, Bottega Veneta’s fortunes began to decline. In a miscue, the company changed its image and began emblazoning a BV logo on its products.
In February 2001, the struggling company was acquired by Gucci Group for $156 million. Tom Ford, then Gucci Group’s Creative Director, hired Tomas Maier, who had previously worked at Sonia Rykiel and Hermès, as Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director in June of that year.
After receiving total creative control from product and store design to advertising, Tomas Maier set about returning the brand to its original identity. He removed visible logos from the brand’s products, highlighted the signature intrecciato weave, and returned the company’s focus to artisanal production.
Vogue described the change of image as an emerging example of “stealth wealth.”
Bottega Veneta presented its first women’s ready-to-wear runway show in February 2005 and its first men’s runway show in June 2006.
In April 2006, the company launched its first jewelry line and branched out into interiors and furniture design.
There are 251 boutiques in 43 countries owned by Bottega Veneta, and their products are distributed across Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America.Wikipedia
Le Petit-Fils de L.-U. Chopard & Cie S.A., commonly known as Chopard, is a Swiss manufacturer and retailer of luxury watches, jewellery and accessories. Founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in Sonvilier, Switzerland, Chopard has been owned by the Scheufele family of Germany since 1963.
Chopard is best known for making high-quality Swiss watches and jewellery, and its clients have included Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
The company is headquartered in Geneva and has a site in Fleurier, Canton of Neuchâtel, that manufactures watch movements.
The company founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard, was a Swiss watchmaker who grew up in Sonvilier, a town near Bern. In 1860, he established his L.U.C. manufacturing company in Sonvilier, having observed that it was more profitable to market the finished watch than to just make the mechanical movement.
After Louis-Ulysse’s death in 1915, the company was taken over by his son Paul-Louis and grandson Paul-André. The company specialised in making pocket watches and ladies’ wristwatches.
In 1921, Paul-Louis moved the company operations to a larger town, Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Canton of Neuchâtel. In 1937, at that time a company of 150 employees, the company relocated to Geneva. This enabled the movements made by the company to be certified with the Geneva Seal, a mark applied only to watch movements made in the Canton of Geneva. Paul-André took over the company in 1943.
In 1963, having no children wishing to continue in the business, Paul-André Chopard sold it to Karl Scheufele III, a German goldsmith and watchmaker from Pforzheim, who was seeking a watch movement manufacturer exclusively for his own business.Wikipedia
Jacob & Co.
Jacob & Co. is a privately held jewelry and wristwatch retailer, founded in 1986 by diamond designer Jacob Arabo. Its flagship boutique and corporate headquarters are located in Manhattan, New York City.
Because of its unique products and famous clientele, the brand quickly gained popularity in New York and was able to expand its business to the luxury watchmaking industry in 2002. Jacob & Co. is also known for its fine jewelry collections, offering unique designs in a variety of styles, including a range of engagement rings and wedding bands for both men and women.
The company also designs custom wedding rings, allowing customers to choose diamonds of any shape, size, or color. Jacob & Co claims to use the “world’s finest and most exclusive gems” for its jewelry such as the pure, colorless Golconda diamonds of India, and rare colored stones from Africa and Brazil.
The company purchases diamonds only from countries that are full participants in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), an international monitoring system created to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, and all diamonds come with Gemological Institute of America authenticity reports.Wikipedia
Gucci is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods.
Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Tuscany, in 1921.
Gucci generated about €4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek and climbed to 41st position in the magazine’s annual 2009 “Top Global 100 Brands” chart created by Interbrand; it retained that rank in Interbrand’s 2014 index. Gucci is also the highest-selling Italian brand.
In 2019, Gucci operated 487 stores for 17,157 employees, and generated €9.628 billion in sales (€8.2 billion in 2018). Gucci is a subsidiary of the French luxury group Kering.
Dawn Mello was hired in November 1989 as Gucci’s executive vice president and chief designer. She reduced the number of stores from +1,000 to 180 in a move to rebuild the brand’s exclusivity. She also reduced the number of items sold by Gucci from 22,000 to 7,000. She revived the Bamboo bag and the Gucci loafer. She moved Gucci’s headquarters back from Milan to Florence, where the history of Gucci is deeply rooted.
In 2011, the company opened the Gucci Museum (Gucci Museo) inside the 14th-century Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence to celebrate its 90th anniversary.Wikipedia
Piaget SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller. Founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, Piaget is currently a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont group.
In 1874, Georges Edouard Piaget set up his first workshop on the family farm, situated in the small village of La Côte-aux-Fées in the Swiss Jura mountains. Situated in the Neuchâtel region, the company was dedicated to crafting pocket watches and high-precision clock movements.
In 1911, Timothée Piaget, the son of Georges Piaget, took over the family firm. The company’s policy has been to be dedicated to the production of wristwatches ever since.
Under the guidance of the founder’s grandsons, Gérald and Valentin Piaget, the Piaget brand became a registered trademark in 1943. Since then, the manufacture at La Côte-aux-Fées has produced its own creations.
As a result of this expansion, the family business opened a new factory in 1945, again in La Côte-aux-Fées.
The luxury Vendôme group, now Richemont, purchased the Piaget manufacture in 1988.Wikipedia
Gianni Versace S.r.l. usually referred to simply as Versace, is an Italian luxury fashion company and trade name founded by Gianni Versace in 1978.
The main collection of the brand is Versace, which produces upmarket Italian-made ready-to-wear and leather accessories.
The Versace logo is the head of Medusa, a Greek mythological figure. The logo came from the floor of ruins in the area of Reggio Calabria that the Versace siblings played in as children. Gianni Versace chose Medusa as the logo because she made people fall in love with her and they had no way back. He hoped his company would have the same effect on people and on those who wore his clothes and shoes.
The Versace brand is known for its innovative designs having symbolic flashy prints and bright colors but with style.
The company announced in 2018 that it would stop using fur in its collections.
On 25 September 2018, Michael Kors Holdings acquired all outstanding shares in Gianni Versace S.r.l. for $2.12 billion (USD); the acquisition was completed on 31 December 2018, keeping on Donatella Versace as head of creative design.Wikipedia
Boucheron is a French luxury jewelry and watches house located in Paris, 26 Place Vendôme, owned by Kering. [Kering also owns brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent.]
The House of Boucheron was founded by Frederic Boucheron in 1858, with the opening of his first store in the Galerie de Valois, at Palais-Royal, during the heyday of the Second French Empire.
In 1921, Boucheron was commissioned to make a tiara for Lady Greville which was later given to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her grandson Prince Charles passed the tiara on to his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Queen Elizabeth II also has a collection of Boucheron jewels.Wikipedia
Valentino S.p.A. is an Italian clothing company founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and part of Valentino Fashion Group, which in turn is owned by the State of Qatar through Mayhoola for Investments S.P.C. Since October 2008, the creative director is Pier Paolo Piccioli. Alessandra Facchinetti was Valentino’s creative designer from 2007 to 2008. Valentino is headquartered in Milan, while the creative direction is in Rome.Wikipedia
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1985 in Legnano by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
The two met in Milan in 1980 and designed for the same fashion house. In 1982, they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana”. They presented their first women’s collection in 1985 in Milan, where a year later their store would open its doors.
By 2005 their turnover was €597 million. In 2006, the company started a new journey in accessories and leather goods for men and women. The company also ventured into cosmetics, with Scarlett Johansson as the face of the advertising campaign.
In 2012, D&G was merged with Dolce & Gabbana in order to strengthen the main line. The final independent D&G collection was the Spring/Summer 2012 collection shown in September 2011.
The New Yorker published in 2005 that, “Dolce and Gabbana are becoming to the two-thousands what Prada was to the nineteen-nineties and Armani was to the nineteen-eighties—gli stilisti whose sensibility defines the decade.”Wikipedia
Gurhan Orhan (born March 21, 1954 in Ankara, Turkey), is a jewelry designer and master goldsmith known for his work with pure gold, pure platinum, and pure silver.
The brand, GURHAN, was the creation of Gurhan Orhan and his wife, Fiona Tilley. The brand references only the designer’s first name. Gurhan began his career as a jewelry designer in the early 1990s and their business was incorporated and launched in the US in 1997.Wikipedia
Givenchy is a French luxury fashion and perfume house.
The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy and is a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter.
It is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH.Wikipedia
Pomellato is an Italian jewelry company. The brand was founded by Pino Rabolini in Milan in 1967 and currently ranks among the top five European jewelers by sales.
In 2013, the brand became a part of luxury conglomerate Kering.
Pomellato began operating in 1967, introducing the concept of prêt-à-porter jewelry, the idea that jewelry is not just a status symbol but an accessory to be worn at any moment of the day and changed like clothes.
In the 1990s, Pomellato particularly focused on using “colored stones”. The company has also made its mark in producing chains.Wikipedia
Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion brand which sells menswear, women’s wear and accessories in Europe, North America and East Asia.
The brand claims deeply rooted moral values, such as being a “humanistic enterprise” and using craftsmanship to lend moral dignity to both the artisan and the owner.
Brunello Cucinelli started his couture house in 1979 with a specialty for cashmere garments for women. Cucinelli personally travels every year in the mountains of Mongolia to purchase cashmere directly from the producers.
In June 2014, owner Brunello Cucinelli transferred the ownership of Fedone Srl (which owned 61.56% of the fashion brand) to a new trust, Esperia Trust Company S.r.l., in a move to benefit his daughters and pursue his philanthropic work.
In 2017, Brunello Cucinelli recorded 500 million euro in sales, 35% of which in North America.
The company’s products are all hand-made in Italy.
The company donates 20% of profits to its charitable foundation, and pays workers wages that are 20% higher than the industry average.
The company’s 1,300 employees (of whom 800 work in Solomeo) do not punch a time clock; after-hours e-mails are not allowed. As of June 2017, the company has a market capitalization of over €1.6 billion.Wikipedia
Chloé is a French luxury fashion house founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion. During the next year of 1953 Aghion joined forces with Jacques Lenoir, formally managing the business side of the brand, allowing Aghion to purely pursue the creative growth of Chloé.
Its headquarters are located in Paris, France. The house is owned by luxury brands holding company Richemont Group. Chloé has been worn by many celebrities, including Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller, Madonna, January Jones, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Clémence Poésy and Katie Holmes.Wikipedia
Palm Angels is a luxury fashion label founded in 2015 by Italian art director and photographer, Francesco Ragazzi who is also the former artistic director of Moncler. Palm Angels is part of the New Guards Group and has collaborated with brands such as Moncler Genius, Playboi Carti, BBC Ice Cream, Under Armour & Clarks.Wikipedia
Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion house producing fur, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, eyewear, timepieces and accessories.
The house of Fendi was launched in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi as a fur and leather shop in Via del Plebiscito, Rome.
Fendi was a family-controlled company until 1999, when Prada and LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group, joined forces to buy 51 percent of Fendi. In 2002, Prada agreed to sell its 25.5 percent stake to LVMH for $265 million. In 2002, LVMH acquired an additional 15.9 percent.Wikipedia
Established in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to creating artisan handcrafted jewelry.
Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections conveys evocative symbolism and honors the transmission of creative energy from the artist to the wearer. Since inception, the company has been deeply rooted in the essential values of community, artisanship, and sustainability.
John Hardy jewelry was founded by Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy, in 1975. He visited Bali in the mid-1970s and the island’s jewelry-making traditions raised his interest.
He began learning the techniques of the local artisans then developed his first pieces by applying new design concepts to traditional Balinese techniques.
The John Hardy compound was built in Mumbal, Bali in 1996 and is the company production center where the jewelry is created. It also serves as a living and gathering space with an organic farm and low impact buildings.
In 1999, Guy Bedarida, a senior designer of haute joaillerie of the Place Vendôme, joined the company as Head Designer and expanded Hardy’s design concepts to include the use of classical European jewelry techniques and new motifs inspired by nature and ancient East Asian art styles and themes.
In 2007, then John Hardy president Damien Dernoncourt, with Head Designer and Creative Director, Bedarida, purchased the company from Hardy. That same year the company headquarters was moved to Hong Kong and a satellite office was opened in New York.
“Greener Every Day” is a company slogan used to summarize and describe its efforts to be a “green” company (the ultimate goal being to become carbon neutral).
In 2006, John Hardy launched its “Sustainable Advertising” program to offset the carbon emissions from its print advertising, business travel and electricity consumption. It does so by planting bamboo on Bali and Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali.
Through its “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” program, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Bamboo collection items are used to fund the company’s continuous bamboo plantings.Wikipedia
Balenciaga is a high-end luxury fashion house founded in 1917 by the Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in Bilbao, Spain and currently based in Paris, France.
Balenciaga had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet “modernistic” silhouettes became the trademarks of the house.
Balenciaga closed in 1972 and was reopened under new ownership in 1986. The brand is now owned by the luxury group Kering.Wikipedia
Off-White is an Italian luxury fashion label founded by American designer Virgil Abloh. The company was incorporated in Milan in 2012. The label has collaborated with Nike, Levi’s, Jimmy Choo, IKEA and Evian.Wikipedia
Hermès International S.A., or simply Hermès, is a French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer established in 1837. It specializes in leather, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfumery, jewellery, watches and ready-to-wear.
Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse.
Thierry Hermès was born in Krefeld, Germany, to a French father and a German mother. The family moved to France in 1828.
In 1837, Hermès first established a harness workshop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, dedicated to serving European noblemen. He created high-quality wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade, winning several awards including the first prize in its class in 1855 and again in 1867 at the Expositions Universelles in Paris.
Hermès’s son, Charles-Émile, took over management from his father in 1880 and moved the shop to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where it remains.
With the help of his sons Adolphe and Émile-Maurice, Charles-Émile introduced saddlery and started selling his products retail. The company catered to the élite of Europe, North Africa, Russia, Asia, and the Americas.
In 1900, the firm offered the Haut à Courroies bag, specially designed for riders to carry their saddles with them.
In February 2015, Hermès has announced an increase of its turnover of 9.7%, which represents more than €4 billion in sales.
In 2019, the brand was ranked 33rd in the Forbes List “World’s Most Valuable Brands”.Wikipedia
Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker.
He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.
Ford directed the Academy Award–nominated films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Ford began studying interior architecture at The New School’s art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
He kept visiting Studio 54, where he realized he was gay. The club’s disco-era glamor would be a major influence on his later designs.
Before his last year at New School, Ford spent a year and a half in Paris, where he worked as an intern in Chloé’s press office, inspiring his interest in fashion.
He spent his final year at The New School studying fashion, but graduated with a degree in architecture.
In 1994, Ford was promoted to Creative Director of Gucci.
In his first year at the helm, he introduced Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots.
In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new ad campaigns for the company.
Between 1995 and 1996, sales at Gucci increased by 90%.
At one point, Ford was the largest individual shareholder of Gucci stock and options.
By 1999, the house, which had been almost bankrupt when Ford joined, was valued at more than $4 billion.Wikipedia
Jimmy Choo is a British high fashion house specialising in luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and fragrances.
The company, J. Choo Limited, was founded in 1996 by couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo and Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon. The brand claims to have been a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange until it was acquired in November 2017 by Michael Kors Holdings, now Capri Holdings.Wikipedia
David Yurman Enterprises LLC is a privately held American designer jewelry company founded by David Yurman (born October 12, 1942 in New York City) and Sybil Yurman (born December 10, 1942 in New York City) and headquartered in New York City.
There are currently 33 David Yurman boutiques in the United States and 11 international boutiques.
In 1977, Yurman was chosen as one of twelve jewelers to exhibit at the first New Designer Gallery at the Retail Jewelers of America Show (RJA) in New York City, now recognized as a pivotal moment when traditional artisans connected with established merchandisers.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the David Yurman company was at the forefront of the emerging category of American designer jewelry.
In 2003, Evan Yurman joined the company, and in 2004 he became Design Director of the Men’s and Timepiece Collections. In 2009, he launched an exclusive collection of high jewelry and began overseeing the company’s Wedding Collection, launched in 2006.Wikipedia
Oscar de la Renta
Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014), known professionally as Oscar de la Renta, was a Dominican fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, he was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo.
De la Renta became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. He worked for Lanvin and Balmain.
His eponymous fashion house has boutiques around the world including in Harrods of London and Madison Avenue in New York.
In 1963, de la Renta turned to Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, for advice, saying that what he really wanted was to “get into ready to wear, because that’s where the money is”. Vreeland replied, “Then go to Arden because you will make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you.
At the other place, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior. De la Renta proceeded to work for Arden for two years in New York City before he went to work for Jane Derby, an American fashion house. When Derby died in August 1965, de la Renta took over the label.
From 1993 to 2002, de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house.
In 2006, the Oscar de la Renta label diversified into bridal wear.Wikipedia
Burberry is a British luxury fashion house headquartered in London, England. It currently designs and distributes ready to wear including trench coats (for which it is most famous), leather goods, footwear, fashion accessories, eyewear, fragrances, and cosmetics.
Established in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, originally focusing on the development of outdoor attire, the house has moved into the high fashion market, developing a first of its kind fabric called Gabardine, which is completely breathable and waterproof, and exclusively made for the brand.
The first shop opened in the Haymarket, London, in 1891.
Burberry was an independent family-controlled company until 1955, when it was reincorporated. In 2005, it completed its demerger from GUS plc, the company’s former majority shareholder.
The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
In 2015, Burberry ranked 73rd in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report, alongside Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Burberry has stores in 59 countries.Wikipedia
Karen Elizabeth Walker (born December 1969) CNZM is a noted New Zealand fashion designer.
Walker began her fashion label in 1987, and opened her first store in Newmarket, Auckland, in 1995. She began selling to Barneys New York in 1998, the same year she showed her first runway collection.
In late 2011, she signed a partnership with United States-based retail chain Anthropologie.
She has designed clothes worn by Björk, Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman, M.I.A., Alexa Chung, Beth Ditto, Michael Haneke, Liv Tyler, Rihanna, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel and Jennifer Lopez.
In the 2004 New Year Honours, Walker was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the fashion industry. She was promoted to Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to fashion design, in the 2014 New Year Honours.Wikipedia
Prada S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion house that was founded in 1913 by Mario Prada. It specializes in leather handbags, travel accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear, perfumes and other accessories.
The company was started in 1913 by Mario Prada and his brother Martino as a leather goods shop – Fratelli Prada – in Milan, Italy. Initially, the shop sold animal goods and imported English steamer trunks and handbags.
Mario Prada did not believe that women should have a role in business, and so he prevented female family members from entering his company. Ironically, Mario’s son harbored no interest in the business, so it was Mario’s daughter Luisa Prada who took the helm of Prada as his successor and ran it for almost twenty years.
Her own daughter, Miuccia Prada, joined the company in 1970, eventually taking over for her mother in 1978.
Prada’s originality made it one of the most influential fashion houses, and the brand became a premium status symbol in the 1990s.
In July 2016, Prada clothing became available to purchase online for the first time through Net-a-Porter and MyTheresa.
As of March 2018, Prada’s sales turned positive after declining since 2014, and their stock jumped 14% at the news.
Stating that Prada would be “(f)ocusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” the company announced in 2019 that fur will be eliminated from the collection and all house brands as of 2020.Wikipedia
Isabel Marant is a French fashion designer, owner of the eponymous fashion brand.
Isabel Marant was born on 12 April 1967 in Boulogne-Billancourt to a French father and German mother. She was raised in the chic Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine, refusing to wear dresses and carrying alternative outfits to school in plastic bags.
In 1994, she launched her eponymous brand – Isabel Marant. The following year, in 1995, she showed her first collection at Paris Fashion Week with her friends as models.Wikipedia
Yves Saint Laurent SAS, also known as Saint Laurent, is a French luxury fashion house.
The eponymous brand was founded in 1961 by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, and the current logos were designed in 1963 by A. M. Cassandre.
In 1999, Gucci (owned by PPR) bought the YSL brand and asked Tom Ford to design the ready-to-wear collection, while Saint Laurent would design the haute couture collection.Wikipedia
Temple St. Clair
Temple St. Clair founded her company in 1986 in Florence, Italy, beginning her collaboration with the world’s finest goldsmiths – the centuries-old Florentine goldsmiths’ guild. That same year, St. Clair became the first fine jeweler to be represented and carried by Barneys New York.
With an artist’s eye and explorer’s heart, St. Clair fashions rare colored gems with distinctive gold work to illustrate universal narratives of the earth and cosmos.Official Website
Loewe (stylized as LOEWE) is a Spanish luxury fashion house specialising in leather goods, clothing, perfumes and other fashion accessories. Founded in 1846, Loewe approaches 175 years as the oldest and one of the world’s major luxury houses.
The company was established in 1846 when a group of Spanish leather craftsmen in Madrid were joined by Enrique Loewe, a merchant of Hessian origin. By the early 20th Century, many notable people took great interest in Loewe and Queen Ena became a regular customer.
In 1905, Alfonso XIII granted them the Royal Warrant of Appointment and thus Loewe became Purveyor of the Royal Household of Spain.
The company quickly grew in popularity and was promoted by figures such as Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren amongst others.
Since 2014, Loewe’s headquarters – including the design team, which had previously been based in Madrid – has been located on Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
The company remains based in Spain. Manufacture, particularly of leather goods, takes place in Barcelona and Getafe, near Madrid.Wikipedia
Established in 1984, Vhernier is an Italian jewelry store.
It is a high-end Italian brand, renowned for its contemporary and unconventional jewelry.Wikipedia
Nikos Koulis is a Greek designer with worldwide recognition and success. Coming from an established family business in jewelry, he studied Gemology and Glyptography in the Gemological Institute of America and created his own brand, Nikos Koulis Jewels, in 2006, showcasing his elaborate technique along with his deep knowledge in the quality jewelry making.
Nikos Koulis received the GEM Award 2020 in Jewelry Design. This is considered the most prestigious award in the international Jewelry Industry.Official Website
Simon Porte Jacquemus (born January 16, 1990) is a French fashion designer and the founder of the Jacquemus fashion label.
Jacquemus was born in Salon-de-Provence, France into a relatively modest family of farmers; his father sang occasionally in metal bands and his mother raised him. He grew up in the small town of Mallemort in southern France. In 2008, at the age of 18, he went to Paris, where he studied for a few months at the École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode (ESMOD).
He then left the program for an assistant stylist position at Citizen K fashion magazine. The sudden death of his mother prompted him to begin his own career as a fashion designer.
He was 20 years old when he created his brand Jacquemus, his mother’s maiden name.
In 2017, Jacquemus added a line of footwear to his collections. He also announced in 2018 that he would be designing menswear, creating the line in 2019.
In addition to shoes, Jacquemus also designs handbags and hats.Wikipedia
Balmain is a French luxury fashion house that was founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. It currently operates 16 monobrand stores, including locations in New York City, London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and in Milan’s Via Montenapoleone.
In 2016, Mayhoola Investments acquired Balmain for a figure reported as close to €500 million ($548 million). Balmain was 70 percent controlled by heirs of Alain Hivelin. The company does not regularly release financial information, but Les Echos estimated its revenue in 2015 at €120 million (about $136 million), growing from an estimated €30 million (about $34 million) in 2012. Balmain expected to reach a revenue of €150 million in 2017, 90% of which is generated by the wholesale channel, and is also putting more effort into direct retail.Wikipedia
David Webb (1925-1975) was an American jeweler. On July 28, 1948, he founded David Webb, the company, which opened at 2 West 46th Street.
Among his clients were Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Barbra Streisand. Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, and Beyoncé have also worn his jewelry.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1925, Webb was a self-taught designer whose work included dragon bracelets, Maltese cross brooches, and animal motifs.
In 1964, The Duke of Windsor purchased a bracelet for his wife. Diana Vreeland, a noted columnist and editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, was often seen with a David Webb black-and-white enamel zebra bangle.Wikipedia
Marina Bulgari is widely regarded as one of the most important women in jewelry of our time. Her adventurous and ambitious spirit led her to leave her family’s famed Maison in 1976 in order to launch Marina B. Determined and able to make her own name whilst honoring her family’s nurtured passion and talented heritage, Marina’s unique style became world-renown for its boldness and timelessness.
Rich and opulent yet so very contemporary, Marina invented her own gemstone cuts in addition to reinventing many others.
She successfully opened her first showroom in Geneva in 1978, which led to boutiques in Milan, Paris and New York and a worldwide clientele.
Marina B’s modern vision and creative excellence inspired a first generation of women purchasing jewels for themselves.
In its present day, Guy Bedarida brings the brand into the right now, with beautifully fitting collections that continue to embrace Marina’s innovative aesthetic.Official Website
As was rightly summarised by an eminent fine jewellery connoisseur, Bina Goenka is the jewellery she designs. The eponymous Bina Goenka, founder and CEO of the brand, maintains an acute focus on creating only the finest works of art that are celebrated worldwide for being the epitome of indulgence.
Using the rarest of materials to handmake timeless jewellery, Bina Goenka is able to capture and enhance value in a manner unperceivable to most learned personas.Official Website
Maria Canale has created many of the world’s most enduring jewelry designs.
For 25 years, brands from Tiffany to Mikimoto to Harry Winston have relied on her to design for the way we live today. The best-kept secret in jewelry, she is now ready to shine under her own name.
Maria’s career began early with an after-school goldsmith apprenticeship when she was only 13. It’s not surprising she later pursued a degree in metalsmithing. After her first design class at FIT, she stayed up all night sketching, as she had discovered her true passion.
It wasn’t long until she was the most in-demand independent jewelry designer in New York, working with some of the biggest names in the global fine jewelry scene.Official Website
Born December 10, 1963, in Florence, Italy, Ippolita Rostagno is the daughter of an American artist and an Italian intellectual. In 1999 Ippolita founded the jewelry brand Ippolita.
Bergdorf Goodman bought her first designs.
The company was sold to Castanea Partners in 2007 and bought back by a group led by Ippolita in July 2018. Ippolita holds the position of CEO and Creative Director and leads the design and manufacture of her eponymous line, which includes collections in 18k gold, sterling silver, rosé (a proprietary alloy of sterling silver with 18k gold and 18k rose gold) and non-metal materials, such as Resin.Wikipedia
Repossi is an Italian jewelry house, founded in 1920 in Turin by Gian Petro Repossi. The house is built around four generations that follow each other from father to son, and from father to daughter.
In 2013, Gaia Repossi won the “Best jewelry designer of the Year” award at the Elle Style Awards.
In 2015, a partnership with luxury conglomerate LVMH was announced through which LVMH acquired a minority share in the fine jewelry house.Wikipedia
Moschino is an Italian luxury fashion house, specialising in leather accessories, shoes, luggage and fragrances. It was founded in 1983 by Franco Moschino in Milan.
Moschino and his fashion label became famous for his innovative, colorful – sometimes eccentric – designs, for his love of fairies, for his criticisms of the fashion industry and for his social awareness campaigns in the early 1990s.
After Moschino’s death, Rossella Jardini, his former assistant, became creative director.
The brand has been part of the Aeffe fashion group since 1999.
The brand consists of several labels: Moschino (women’s and men’s main line), Moschino Cheap and Chic (women’s secondary line, created in 1988), Love Moschino (women’s and men’s diffusion line, known as Moschino Jeans from 1986 to 2008), in order of exclusivity.Wikipedia
Amina Muaddi is a Jordanian-Romanian fashion designer and shoemaker. Muaddi gained an interest in designing footwear and moved to Riviera del Brenta to learn about the trade, working with artisans and suppliers. Upon returning to Milan in 2013, Muaddi co-founded luxury label Oscar Tiye, which was featured that year during Milan Fashion Week. She then moved to Paris and worked with Alexandre Vauthier as a designer on his footwear line.
In 2017, the designer left Oscar Tiye and launched her eponymous brand.Wikipedia
Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. is an Italian luxury goods company, with headquarters in Florence, Italy. It specializes in shoes, leather goods, Swiss-made timepieces, and ready-to-wear for men and women. The company licences eyewear and watches.
It is the parent company of the Ferragamo Group which employs about 4,000 persons and maintains a network of over 654 mono-brand stores, and it runs operations in Italy and worldwide.
Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to the US, first to Boston and then California in 1914.
He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923 and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille’s feature film The Ten Commandments.
He returned to Italy and set up a shoe shop in Florence in 1927.
The current shoemaking company regards 1928 as the date of its foundation, however, and it therefore celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008.
Salvatore Ferragamo filed for bankruptcy in 1933, during the Great Depression, but by 1938 he was in a position to buy the Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the great palaces of Florence.
This houses the company’s flagship store and a museum dedicated to Ferragamo’s life and work.Wikipedia