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Yves Saint Laurent

This luxury fashion house is considered one of the world's most prominent due to its late founder's ingenuity and modernity.

Vital statistics

  • 1962 Established
  • Private Type
  • 1,001 - 5,000 Number of employees
  • €473 million (2012) Revenue
  • 83 Stores
  • Paris, France HQ
  • Kering Parent Group

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Yves Saint Laurent YSL (also known as Saint Laurent Paris) is a luxury fashion house founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé.

Founded in 1961 it has been considered one of the world's most prominent fashion houses and known for its modern and iconic pieces, such as its tuxedo jackets for women. The brand expanded in the 1980s and early 1990s with fragrances for both men and women, having launched its cosmetic line in 1978. In 1993, the Saint Laurent fashion house was sold to the pharmaceuticals company Sanofi.

In the 1998–1999 seasons, Alber Elbaz, currently of Lanvin, designed three ready-to-wear collections. Pierre Bergé appointed Hedi Slimane as collections and art director in 1997, and they re-launched YSL Rive Gauche Homme. Hedi Slimane decided to leave the house two years later.

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. The last haute couture line was in 2002. After Tom Ford left, the prêt-à-porter line was produced under the direction of Stefano Pilati. His style was decidedly more French than the overtly sexy image that Tom Ford perpetuated.

In 2009, following the death of Yves Saint Laurent in 2008 and a tumultuous first few years for Stefano Pilati, some YSL stores closed in key U.S. markets of San Francisco and New York City.

In 2012, Hedi Slimane replaced Stefano Pilati as the creative director. Today Saint Laurent Paris markets a broad range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear products, leather goods, shoes, and jewellery. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty also has a notable presence in the luxury beauty market, although this is run independently through L'Oreal Paris that licenses the name.

Source: Wikipedia

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