Friday, April 04, 2014
I have a friend who recently discovered and fell in love with the fashion house, Lanvin. Naturally, she reached out to me because I am probably the only friend she has that would get as excited as she was about fashion! When she asked about the label, she said that the clothes completely captured her essence. I told her that since Lanvin is 125 years of French perfection, it made perfect sense that she would feel such a strong connection.
Created in 1889, Jeanne Lanvin started her fashion dynasty by creating hats which quickly became popular with the most fabulous Parisians of that time. From there, Madame Lanvin began designing children’s clothing as a result of the birth of her daughter, Marguerite. She then got into costume designing – first for adult productions and later for children. It wasn’t until 1909 that the Lanvin house branched out into couture for ladies; the evolution for her business was in direct correlation with the growth states of Marguerite. Later, the line expanded to bridal, lingerie, men’s clothing, and home décor. The story is beautifully told on a timeline that can be found here.
The inside of Jeanne Lanvin’s office which has been preserved. In celebration of the 125 year milestone, Lanvin has shared photographs of the office on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. There is also a great article about the office on the Harpers’ Bazaar website.
Lanvin also has one of the season’s “it” bags. It is their “paper bag” made of lambskin. Who else but a French design house can make a paper bag chic and have everyone coveting and buzzing about it?
Thank you, Lanvin, for 125 years of French perfection! Here's to 125 more!