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French high fashion house Lanvin was founded by couturier Jeanne Lanvin and was revamped in 2001 by artistic director Alber Elbaz.

Vital statistics

  • 1889 Established
  • Private Type
  • 201 - 500 Number of employees
  • €168m (2010) Revenue
  • Paris, France HQ

Key people

  • Lucas Ossendrijver Creative Director
  • Michele Huiban Chief Executive

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Lanvin is a high fashion house founded by Jeanne Lanvin.

Lanvin made such beautiful clothes for her daughter Marie-Blanche de Polignac that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturière.

One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and 1930s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colours became a Lanvin trademark.

When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was ceded to the designer's daughter, who had shared management of the firm from 1942 with a cousin and then a fashion-industry expert. Because Marie-Blanche de Polignac was childless when she died in 1958, the ownership of the House of Lanvin went to a cousin, Yves Lanvin.

From mid-1960s through to the takeover by L'Oreal, Lanvin was run by Bernard Lanvin. In 1979, Lanvin bought its independence from Squibb USA and a major PR promotional tour was arranged by Paris in the United States in the same year.

In October 2001, Alber Elbaz was appointed the artistic director. In 2006, he introduced new packaging for the fashion house.

In 2006, Lucas Ossendrijver was appointed the head of the men's line, which debuted with great success, strengthening Lanvin's brand.

On November 20, 2013, Lanvin became the official tailor of Arsenal FC, a London-based football club.

Source: Wikipedia

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