The History of Balenciaga is intertwined with the evolution of women's fashion and their roles in society. Cristobal Balenciaga was born in 1895. He opened his first shop at age 12. His influence expanded so much that in Paris, he became avantguarde but never forgot his Spanish origins. His attention to detail attracted some of the most powerful women in European Aristocracy. Throughout the 50's Balenciaga made it his mission to free the female body whereas others went a different direction. He is best known for his Slack Dress, the Cocoon Coat and the Balloon Mini Dress. He also used his talent to invent two new fabrics. The Gazar which is very malleable silk raffia, suitable for the creation of the volumes; and he also created the Cracknyl which is a plastic coated, sparkling and waterproof fabric.
Radical changes in social, political, and popular culture in the '60's frustrated Balenciaga's style. As the role of women changed, fashion icons launched prêt-à-porter. This concept was directly opposed to Balenciaga's haute couture. So in 1968, at the top of his success, he retired. The house is quiet until 1986, when Jacques Bogart SA acquires the rights to Balenciaga. Then, In July 2001, Gucci acquired the brand.
Every season, new handbag trends make their way into the street style world, and each season, we eagerly scout them. Sometimes, though, it's the classic designer handbags you simply can't say no to because they are just that—classic.
If you're unsure about which luxury piece to splurge on, consider turning to the most popular designer bags ever. It's no easy feat to earn such a title, and though many come attached with a pretty big price tag, they're worth the expense and deserve a spot in your collection. They've been the most sought-after year after year and they'll continue to be a great pick for seasons to come.
Steeped in heritage with a signature trench coat collection that dates back to 1800s, Burberry represents quintessential British style. Despite a bump in its road circa the late ’90s, it has become one of the industry’s best-recognised luxury fashion houses.
In 1856, Burberry is founded in Basingstoke by draper Thomas Burberry. His original focus was outdoor-ready attire. In 1879 he creates gabardine. In 1914, during the First World War, the Burberry trench is worn by British officers in the trenches. It was known as the "Tielocken" and featured a belt with no buttons and protected the body from head to toe. In 1999 "Burberry's" becomes "Burberry". The Burberry check becomes a symbol of conspicuous consumerism, in some instances to the brand's detriment.
From wartime trenches to football terraces, Burberry’s is a compelling British fashion story. Now, with the appointment of new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci, it’s set to take another direction.
Celine was founded by Céline Vipiana and her husband Richard in 1945 as a made-to-measure children’s shoe boutique that was located at 52 rue Malte. The shop was denoted by a highly distinct red elephant logo created by cartoonist Raymont Peynet. More than a decade later, Vipiana used her success as a launch pad to branch out into ready-to-wear, with the goal to deliver fashion to the everyday woman. Vipiana added leather accessories in 1966, including bags, belts, and gloves. In her mission to deliver pieces of the highest caliber, she sought out a leather goods factory in Florence. By the ‘70s, Celine had gone international, with new boutiques opening across the globe. But 1973 marked a logo redesign, in which Vipiana revealed intertwined Cs (a nod to the Parisian landmark Arc de Triomphe) that was seen on the brand’s first signature “C” Sulky canvas. Obviously, we don’t have to tell you how successful the Phoebe Philo era was. She was the savior of Celine, having plucked the brand from obscurity and making it relevant through her incredibly chic and minimalist take on Vipiana’s original aesthetic. When it was announced that Hedi Slimane was appointed to helm Celine, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that he would swiftly revamp the minimalist label that Phoebe Philo had so carefully constructed during her tenure as creative director.
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Around the age of 18, Coco became interested in fashion. It all really started in 1909. Eventually she opened more shops, where she also started making clothes.
The House of Chanel was officially born. Coco’s designs always were simple, yet elegant. Coco Chanel was different from all other designers in the 19th century, since this was a time full of luxurious, over-designed, and constrictive clothes.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel passed away in 1971, but Chanel definitely lives forever.
Karl Lagerfeld was appointed “artistic director” in 1983. His visions definitely aligned with Coco’s. After working at Chanel for over 30 years, Karl Lagerfeld passed away in February 2019. Another legend was born.
Every year we’re still blessed with new iconic items, and we’re certain that this will stay this way in the future.
Chloé is one of the world’s foremost high-fashion houses, known for the luxe femininity of its beautiful ready-to-wear collections. In 1952, Gaby Aghion and her business partner Jacques Lenoir were among the first designers to coin the term prêt-à-porter when they created Chloé, the luxury ready-to-wear label. Aghion named Chloé after a friend she believed embodied the carefree attitude of the modern young woman at the time.
In 1966 Karl Lagerfeld was appointed head designer and the house counted Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot among its clientele. Stella McCartney took over from Lagerfeld in 1997. McCartney instilled the label with an unseen youthfulness – playful, sexy and romantic via low-rise pants and vintage-lingerie inspired pieces – and distinctive Britishness.
Fashion’s big breakthrough: Phoebe Philo. McCartney’s right-hand woman, friend and fellow Brit, Phoebe Philo, succeeded her in 2001. Phoebe Philo experienced great success at Chloé's. Philo introduced the Paddington bag—arguably, the first It bag.
Afterwards, Natacha Ramsay-Levi led the beloved French label into a new era, defining her own chapter as creative director, with a nod to seasons past. After the departure of Natacha Ramsay-Levi, the house of Chloé has found its new artistic director in Uruguayan designer Gabriela Hearst.
Dior, a brand rooted in history and just as luxurious as it sounds.
An internationally renowned brand since 1946, the French fashion house acclaimed for its elegance and timeless femininity.
A leading company that has remained at the top of fashion's hierarchy for over 70 years, Dior's unique look has influenced the world of fashion since the beginning. Innovative but traditional, Dior maintains its reputation as creator of recognized haute couture.
From their ready-to-wear fashion, leather goods, accessories, or footwear, Dior changed the game forever.
To this day, the brand is all around us in some way, shape, or form - even if we don't know it.
Founded by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome in 1925, over the years Fendi has emerged as a Maison renowned for its craftsmanship and innovation deeply linked to its Roman roots. Today, more than 90 years later, Fendi is synonymous with tradition, experimentation and daring creativity.
Between the end of the 40s throughout the 50s the five daughters of Edoardo and Adele, begin working for the family business, bringing new energy and ideas.
In 1965 they start the collaboration with a young German designer, the late Karl Lagerfeld. In his hands, a fashion revolution takes place: the fur is changed, moulded, redesigned and reinterpreted. At this time he designs the iconic “double F” logo that stands for “Fun Furs”. An icon is born.
"He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality” Hubert de Givenchy’s muse Audrey Hepburn said of the designer.
Loved by some of the most iconic stars of the 20th Century — from Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Wallis Simpson, to his most famous muse Audrey Hepburn — Givenchy’s name and legacy have been synonymous with Parisian chic for more than 50 years. Givenchy sold his label in 1988, and retired seven years later, only to watch his former business go from strength to strength under some of the industry’s most exciting designers; from John Galliano, to Alexander McQueen, to Riccardo Tisci.
In 2017, Clare Waight Keller was appointed artistic director of Givenchy haute couture and women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections. And today Givenchy has its collaboration with most popular celebrities like Rihanna , Beyonce , Chris Lee, Maddona and Adele.
Since its doors first opened in 1853, Goyard has been a favourite with celebrities, and many illustrious artists, captains of industry, heads of state or royals have sported its creations.
The names of the leading personalities of the 19th and 20th century are to be found in Goyard’s filing cabinet, which keeps track of each and every order placed by customers through a system of nominal index cards.Upon reading the files, one may daydream easily about the extraordinary and not so unlikely encounters that could have taken place at 233, rue Saint-Honoré:
Pablo Picasso and Sacha Guitry, the Maharadjah of Kapurthala and Jacques Cartier, the Agnellis and the Rockefellers, the Romanovs and the Grimaldis, Estée Lauder and Barbara Hutton, Mrs Pompidou and the Princess Aga Khan, Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, Romy Schneider and Sarah Bernhardt, Edith Piaf and Arthur Rubinstein, Cristobal Balenciaga and Karl Lagerfeld…
Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, making it one of the oldest Italian fashion brands and one of the most iconic. Like many historic fashion houses, the brand started out as a luggage manufacturer, producing luxury travel goods for Italy’s wealthy upper-classes, as well as equestrian equipment.
During the second world war, material constraints owing to the war effort forced the label to use cotton to create their goods. It was during this time that the label introduced its distinctive “Double-G” monogram, as well as the now iconic Gucci stripe, consisting of two green stripes interrupted by a single red bar.
From the 1950s onwards, Gucci experienced incredible success as a label of choice amongst wealthy travellers, Hollywood stars and other well-heeled shoppers, renowned for its extravagant, opulent designs.
In 2015 Alessandro Michele was appointed as new Creative Director and his unique style, blending Gucci’s classic penchant for extravagance and opulence with a theatrical, somewhat-kitschy pageantry, has proven to be a huge success, attracting many young and aspirational customers, as well as numerous fashion insiders.
Hermès has been consistently ranked as the world’s most valuable luxury brand. Hermès, as a brand, enjoys an iconic status in the world of luxury.
A combination of rich heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, eye for detail and high levels of quality and professionalism through the entire manufacturing process gives Hermès a position of superiority in the very competitive and ruthless world of luxury.
Thierry Hermès founded the company in 1837 as a harness workshop in Paris. Originally, his intent was to serve the needs of European noblemen by providing saddles, bridles and other leather riding gear.
In the early 20th century, Thierry’s son Charles-Émile Hermès moved the company’s shop to 24 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris, where it remains to this very day and is the company’s global headquarters. Gradually, the company’s product offerings expanded through generations. The company’s iconic duc-carriage-with-horse logo and signature orange boxes were introduced in the 1950s. The eye of the ultra-premium luxury segment, the “Birkin bag” was introduced in 1984, after a chance conversation between the then CEO Jean-Louis Dumas and actress and singer Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London, who articulated to Dumas that she needed a medium-sized bag.
The Hermès’ brand philosophy can possibly be summarised by a single sentence quote from former CEO Jean-Louis Dumas – “We don’t have a policy of image, we have a policy of product”.
A LEGENDARY HISTORY When he was only sixteen years old, Louis Vuitton made a decision that would not only change his own life but the lives of his sons and future generations: he would become a trunk-master.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN Louis Vuitton’s heritage as a trunk maker preceded even the founding of the company.
He quickly became a valued craftsman at the Parisian atelier of Monsieur Maréchal. Louis Vuitton stayed for 17 years before opening his own workshop at 4 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines near the Place Vendome.
Both a family residence and the cradle of the company, the Asnières site has been the symbol of the Vuitton family's personal and commercial success since 1859. The original atelier has been expanded throughout the decades, but it is still where products are crafted today.
While the family home has been preserved and is part of a private museum, 170 craftsmen work in the Asnières workshop, designing and creating leather goods and special orders for clients around the world.
Prada is one of the most iconic brands in fashion history. The designers behind the brand have continually striven to be innovative while maintaining their classically refined style. The House of Prada has proven its longevity, and the Prada name will still be in demand for years to come.
Mario Prada opened the first Prada store in 1913 in the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. In 1919, Prada was awarded the title of Official Supplier of the Italian Royal House.
Mario's daughter Luisa Prada took over the family business as Mario’s successor and ran it for almost twenty years. In the mid-1970s, Luisa’s daughter, Miuccia Prada, joined her mother in the family business. Miuccia initially devoted herself to designing accessories. She did continue the tradition of producing high-quality bags and luggage for the family business.
In 1977, Miuccia Prada met Patrizio Bertelli, a young Italian with his own leather goods business. He joined the Prada family business and his partnership with Miuccia took the history of Prada in a new direction. Miuccia and Bertelli married in 1987, and the duo is still at the helm of the Prada family business.
Although the history of Prada is long, we know that you can’t get enough of the House of Prada even today.
Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most prominent fashion houses of the 20th century. Originally a House of Haute Couture, Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized the way fashion and society merge and interact in 1966 with the introduction of high-end made clothes produced on a larger scale than the exclusive collections.
Since its inception, Yves Saint Laurent has held influence both inside and outside the fashion industry. Over the years, its founder, the couturier Yves Saint Laurent secured a reputation as one of the 20th century’s foremost designers and personalities.
The Maison was the first one to be revolutionary, and this spirit is a fundamental part of its DNA. Under the creative vision of Anthony Vaccarello and the leadership of Francesca Bellettini, the brand has built solid foundations for its development and is pursuing its evolution to continue enhancing its influence in the market.
Saint Laurent’s status as a leading fashion House is fully established and recognized by a very distinctive identity and strong codes.
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In the vivid world of fashion, where hard work, great talent, and extraordinary imagination is highly valued, one name truly stands out from the rest. It is the name of Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, worldwide simply known as Valentino.
His remarkable creations made a huge impact on women and men from all over the world, especially on those who enjoy high quality, luxurious materials and designs. Valentino has a very unique jet-set chic style of clothing design that represents the combination of innovation and tradition. The brand is best known for its’ Valentino red colour, the so-called “Rosso Valentino".
Valentino bags are known for their extreme elegance, luxurious look, and rich colours. There is an impressive range of various Valentino bags which can be used in many occasions and many different outfits. You can choose between models such as a small crossbody bag, tote bags, clutches, shoulder and bucket bags, and many more including male backpacks and travel bags.