Balenciaga is a luxury fashion house founded in 1917 by the Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in San Sebastián, Spain and is now currently based in Paris. Balenciaga had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards. In 1968 Balenciaga closed his Paris Maison, before he passed away four years later at age 77. The fashion house then remained silent for almost two decades, before employing a new team of designers, who quickly succeeded and took the brand into the 21st century. The Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia is the current Artistic Director, and he is stating that his approach to the brand is “destruct to create.” With him he brought humor and an innovative approach to design.
For further information about Balenciaga, visit www.balenciaga.com.
The Italian luxury fashion house is founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Veneto, by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. It is currently based in Milan, Italy. The house has its roots in Italy but still maintains a truly global outlook. The Creative Director Daniel Lee creates timeless designs by incorporating his own perspective. The pieces are hand-woven using the intrecciato technique as they favor construction over conspicuous logos.
For further information about Bottega Veneta, visit www.bottegaveneta.com.
Thomas Burberry founded the heritage brand in 1856. The brand is mostly known for its innovation, craftsmanship and quintessential British design. The innovation is clearly shown in Burberry being one of the first tailors turning the fashion world around combining elegance and functionality in his creations. In 2018 Riccardo Tisci was appointed Chief Creative Officer and has made his mark by introducing a monogram designed by the renowned artist Peter Saville.
For further information about Burberry, visit www.burberry.com.
When Demna Gvasalia took over as Balenciaga’s Artistic Director in 2015, he brought along his sense of humor and innovative approach to design – he’s the creative mind behind the vibrantly striped ‘Bazar’ totes and those unforgettable ‘Pantshoes’. Thanks to his melding of archival codes with experimental silhouettes, the Parisian house is the name to know for street style stars and fashion editors alike.
For further information about Elhanati, visit www.elhanati.com.
Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, with a renowned reputation for creativity, innovation and Italian craftsmanship. Gucci is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories that owns a portfolio of powerful luxury and sport lifestyle brands.
For further information about Gucci, visit www.gucci.com.
In 1952 Hubert de Givenchy founded his namesake fashion house, Givenchy. Early on, it earned a reputation for breaking with fashion codes of its time. The designer’s muse, Audrey Hepburn, accompanied him in inventing a style that would redefine standards of elegance. The self-taught designer and Creative Director since 2020, Matthew M. Williams is the ideal steward for pursuing a modern and powerful vision because of his intuitive understanding of technology, tailoring, and integrity in fashion.
For further information about Givenchy, visit www.givenchy.com.
Founded in Spain in 1846. A luxury house focused on craft and culture. The recently appointed creative director in 2013, Jonathan Andersen has spearheaded a major rejuvenation of the house. Andersen’s goal was for Loewe to become a modern, cultural brand and he accomplished that by tapping into the millennial zeitgeist, while still paying homage to its heritage.
For further information about Loewe, visit www.loewe.com.
Since its founding in Somerset in 1971, Mulberry has been the home of luxury lifestyle goods that playfully interpret heritage and celebrate a timeless approach to design. The brand takes great pride in creating objects for contemporary lifestyles that are made to last, to be loved and passed onto the next generation.
For further information about Mulberry, visit www.mulberry.com.
Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent was the first couture house to introduce, in 1966, the concept of luxury prêt-à-porter with the collection called “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche”, synonymous of youth and freedom. This shift represented a first critical step in the modernization of fashion and revolutionized the socio-cultural landscape.
Throughout the years, the House’s groundbreaking styles have become iconic cultural and artistic references, and its founder, the couturier Yves Saint Laurent, secured a reputation as one of the twentieth century’s foremost designers.
Part of the Kering Group, the House kept true to its identity of absolute modernity and fashion authority. Under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, appointed in April 2016, the House offers today a broad range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear products, leather goods, shoes, jewellery and eyewear. Through a license agreement, it is also a major force in fragrances and cosmetics.
For further information about Saint Laurent, visit www.ysl.com.
Valentino, one of the most iconic fashion houses, was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. Through tradition and innovation, The Maison Valentino plays a major role in the luxury division. The currently Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccoli’s mission is to pursue the direction for “a human narration, personal yet unanimous, of a story that is yet to be written.”
For further information about Valentino, visit www.valentino.com.