Durst, André

Durst André (1907-1949). French photographer. His pictures are closely connected to the formation of Surrealism. He has also worked for Vogue.

Durst André (1907-1949). French photographer. His pictures are closely connected to the formation of Surrealism. After arriving in Paris from Marseilles, he met often with Cocteau and Bérard. In 1934, he documented the Patou collection for French Vogue. Two years later, the magazine put him in charge of the photo department. They also made him responsible for photo features on the work of the great Parisian tailors from Balenciaga to Rochas.

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Aujard, Christian

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. In partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name.

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. Aujard in partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name. It featured soft and somewhat oversize jackets for men, ample overcoats and long skirts for women. He died after a fall while horseback riding and left the brand in the hands of his wife Michèle and the designer Jeff Sayre. Sayre had been with the house since 1973. For the last ten years the brand has been part of the firm Alex Cini B., which distributes mainly in the Orient and has a boutique in rue de Tournon in Paris.

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Alphonsine

Alphonsine . French hat firm founded by the designer of the same name towards the end of the 1800s. She became the top milliner during the Belle Époque.

Alphonsine. French hat firm founded by the designer of the same name towards the end of the 1800s. Madame Alphonsine became the top milliner during the Belle Époque. That’s when the hat was transformed into a triumph of feathers, egrets, and bulk.

She arrived in Paris at the age of 15 and became an apprentice to Madame André. It was a good way to learn the business. She was then offered the position of manager at a smaller fashion house. Alphonsine worked there for 20 years. She took every opportunity to improve herself, with travel, visits to museums, and the careful study of costume in paintings. She was such an extraordinary self-taught woman that, at the beginning of the 1900s, when fashion began to look to the remote past for its inspiration, she, better than her contemporaries, had the ability to interpret and understand that trend. In 1888 she opened her own atelier and then in 1904 moved it to rue de la Paix, at the time the height of elegance.

Attesting to her supreme quality is the location of her atelier maker on the rue de la Paix, the premier shopping street in Paris, on the same block as the top couturiers of the day, Paquin.

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Albane, Camille

Albane Camille (1943). French hairdresser. She began to work in 1965 with Jacques Dessange and with him opened the first Camille Albane salon.

Albane Camille (1943). French hairdresser. She began to work in 1965 with Jacques Dessange and with him opened the first Camille Albane salon in 1969. She develops a network of franchises, following the example of her teacher, who was the first to introduce it to the world of hairdressers. Furthermore she concluded an exclusive agreement for the Avon line. She is famous for her colors, above all for a certain red dye obtained from natural ingredients.

Albane from 2000 to today

The brand aims to offer its customers total comfort and complicity.

In 1994 Albane Camille opened another salon in Paris, France.

Two years later, in 1996, Albane opened the first training center, where collaborators develop their artistic sense and acquire the skills that distinguish the French brand.

Just four years after its first opening, Albane opens 90 salons around the world. To date, it has more than 190 salons distributed in 10 countries. We can find an Albane salon in one of these countries: France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, India and Kazakhstan.

In 1999 Camille Albane launched the first hair products. The products are distributed exclusively in the salons of the French hairdresser and quickly reach worldwide fame. They are manufactured in France by the R&D team and tested by industry experts.

During the following year she launched a line of make-up products.

In 2002 the Natural Pigma brand was born. A line of shampoos whose formula is made on the spot and tailored to the customer to enhance the color of the hair.

In 2012, to keep up with the times, Camille launched an e-learning platform for the training of her collaborators, the Learning Lab.

In 2014 the brand celebrated 20 years of profitable business.

The brand’s new line of hair products was launched in 2016.

Albane
One of the last launches.

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Alain Manoukian

Alain Manoukian (1946), French designer, he founded the eponymous brand in 1973. Today it is distributed and known worldwide.

Alain Manoukian. Prêt-à-porter fashion brand known and widespread throughout the world, from the USA to Japan, from Europe to Russia. Alain Manoukian is a French designer, born in 1946 in Marseille, he opened his first shop in 1973. Six years later he started distributing his collections in department stores.

Alain’s wife Dany creates the collections by collaborating with a group of designers she directs. The debut came with a line of highly designed and colorful Nordic-inspired pullovers with matching caps and hats. The collection then expanded to include garments in fabric.

Alain Manoukian
Alain Manoukian, French designer and founder of the brand.

In 1990 it already had 400 stores worldwide, 300 of which in France. The brand was already worth 140 million dollars.

In 2001 the brand launched its own website, with a part dedicated to e-commerce. A year later, in 2002, the brand launched the Séda Manoukian collection, which also offers looks for a younger audience.

BCBG Max Azria, in 2005, bought the French designer’s brand, introducing it to the US market.

The son, David Manoukian, son of art, founded The Sphere. In 2000 David joined his father, holding the position of International President. The young man actively collaborated in the expansion of the family brand in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia.

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Madame Agnès

.Madame Agnès was considered the master of the art deco hat. Agnès made her apprenticeship in the atelier of Caroline Reboux.

Madame Agnès was considered the master of the art deco hat. Agnès made her apprenticeship in the atelier of Caroline Reboux and opened her own boutique in Deauville after WWI. Artists such as Léger, Mondrian and Delaunay designed exclusive patterns for her. She then moved to Paris and in the 1930s experimented successfully with new materials such as rubber.

Her shop was located on Rue Saint-Honoré. She was also a Sculptor who collaborated with people in artistic circles in Paris, France. Madame Agnes designed hats that were both abstract and unique.

She was a classy woman who preferred to wear only black clothes. In the 1930s, Agnès wore black satin dresses designed by Vionnet. Her clothes were embellished with bright jewels such as red coral, jade or lapis lazul.

Madame Agnès: designed hats

A 1927 illustration depicts Agnès Congo-inspired hats with a model wearing a slave collar. In December 1935, he introduced wide-brimmed straw hats that were mounted on handkerchiefs in floral madras. Madame Agnes was inspired by a matador’s hat when she created a dinner hat for the spring of 1936. It was sewn in black malina with heavy fringes of white silk. The fringe was mounted on each side of the top of the hat. In mid-1946 he created a soft beige felt cap that featured a line that was broken just above the right eyebrow, where a soft goose feather was inserted. In 1949, Madame Agnès retired and died shortly after.

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Agatha

Agatha represents the basic of bijou: two collections a year with a very fashionable imprint, but with a low cost. Born in 1974 in Paris.

Agatha. French jewellery shop. It presents the basics: two yearly, very trendy, but not too expensive Collections. Opened in Paris in 1974 based on an idea by Michel Quiniou, by 1990 it had 20 boutiques in France. By 1993 the points of sale numbered 130, of which 40 were abroad. By 1998 there were 160 in the most important cities in the world.

The firm’s logo makes the shops immediately recognizable. Their official color is blue. At the end of 2000, Agatha had 178 boutiques in 19 countries worldwide.

Several boutiques are opened in the U.S. Among the most prestigious are those on Madison Avenue in New York, in Beverly Hills and in Las Vegas. There are two shops are in Moscow and eleven Japanese cities have at least one point of sale, some having more.

In 2006 Agatha was bought by the Hong Kong company King Power.

To reach and win new consumers, the brand plans several product and store projects in 2017. On September 1, the company opens a new store in Times Square, New York. In the same year the brand had around 300 stores, of which 80 in France.

Agatha products

Agatha offers a mix of new essential sterling silver jewelry that can be worn every day and more trendy collections for every season. These jewels are selected and promoted by bloggers in markets around the world. The brand’s Magic Diamond necklace has been one of the best-selling items for over 20 years.

Also Agatha offers products for each category:

  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Watches

Furthermore for years, the creative team has been keen to design collections of pendants with symbols loaded with meaning.

Agatha
Necklaces by Agatha.

Among the various collections we can find the ‘Water’, ‘Jewels of the Sea’ collection, and one with the lucky stones of each zodiac sign. Among the other collections you can easily find essential and elegant jewels.

Furthermore for her anniversary in 2018, Agatha has created several exclusive collections.

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Adolphe Lafont

Adolphe Lafont. Brand of work clothing launched in France by 1896 by a tailor. Today the brand dresses many workers throughout France

Adolphe Lafont. Brand of work clothing launched in France by 1896 by a tailor of that name in Lyon following his invention of “la poche mètre”. It is a pocket sewn over the pants waist for his father-in-law, a carpenter, who didn’t know where to put his tape measure. Overalls soon followed from this. In 1975 Vogue America dedicated a cover to Lafont’s colored overalls and they soon became the fashion.

Adolphe Lafont
Adolphe Lafont’s patch.

The origins

The history of the brand can be traced back to 1844, when Adolphe Lafont invented the first professional garment.

At the time, the founder had created functional work trousers for his father-in-law, the bigot. It then became the suit (bigot to which a bib was added), whose initial model, the 406 coat, is still in the company’s catalog today, more than 100 years after its creation.

Since then, the brand has continued to observe users in their daily life and work environment. This is with the aim of offering ranges of professional suits suitable for each profession. Regardless of their business sector.

Adolphe Lafont today

Adolphe Lafont today dresses many workers throughout France. This is thanks to a partnership with COET-MOF. Moreover, thanks to the victory in 2019 of the competition “One of the best craftsmen of France“, 230 workers in 17 professional categories have been equipped by the maison.

Thus, on the occasion of the award ceremony of the 26th competition on May 13, 2019, the best artisans in the sector were awarded with awards and medals in Lafont clothing. Strictly with the tricolor collar.

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Adam

Adam. Men’s fashion magazine launched in France in 1925. A year later it referred to itself as the “magazine of rue de la Paix.”

Adam. Men’s fashion magazine launched in France in 1925. A year later it referred to itself as the “magazine of rue de la Paix.” At the time, that street was the symbol for luxury in Paris. For reasons of good taste, it urged caution in the embrace of innovation and oddities. Taken over in 1960 by Condé Nast, it had several ups and downs, changed its name twice (Nouvel Adam and Men Adam) and in 1973 closed for good.

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