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Givenchy

Founded by acclaimed designer Hubert de Givenchy, since 2005 Riccardo Tisci has given the LVMH-owned brand a dark, romantic touch.

Vital statistics

  • 1952 Established
  • Public Type
  • 201 - 500 Number of employees
  • Paris, France HQ
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton Parent Group

Key people

  • Sebastian Suhl Chief Executive

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Givenchy is a luxury French brand of Haute Couture clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics with Parfums Givenchy.

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 group LVMH and in 1993 achieved a total sales worth of $176 million, making it the second largest apparel division of LVMH after Dior.

Hubert de Givenchy left the company in 1995. John Galliano succeeded Givenchy upon his retirement but was in turn promoted to Christian Dior less than two years later, prompting the hiring of Alexander McQueen. In 2001, designer Julien Macdonald was appointed Artistic Director for the women's lines, which consist of haute couture and ready-to-wear.

The reins for both collections were passed on to Riccardo Tisci in 2005 when he was named artistic director of womenswear. Riccardo Tisci has conserved the aristocrat elegance and the architectural lines of the house by influencing his style. By changing the house codes, Riccardo Tisci adds some dark and sensual romanticism touch.

Givenchy designs have been worn by a number of celebrities on red carpet occasions, including Rooney Mara at the 2012 Academy awards. The most famous ambassador of the brand was Audrey Hepburn in films such as Sabrina, How to Steal a Million, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Source: Wikipedia

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