Marithé + François Girbaud

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Marithé François Girbaud is an international clothing company based in France. It was founded in 1964 by François and Marithé Girbaud. On 6 November 2013, it was announced that five stores in Paris, one in Lyon and two in Belgium would be closed as part of a compulsory liquidation.[1]

According to WWD article dated June 8, 2012, Girbaud filed for the French version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its websites are down.[2]

Fame of the Brand[edit]

Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri wear a MFG jeans in Flashdance

The brand goes back to 1967 when Marithé et François Girbaud meet at « Western House ». The are in the history of the jeans since 1970 when pre-washing of jeans becomes industrial. The brand becomes famous in 1982 when Jennifer Beals wears a Marithe+Francois Girbaud jeans in the movie Flashdance.

The Last Supper Painting

Since 2003 the company invents a new laser process saving 97,5% water when pre-washing jeans. In 2005, the reinterpretation of a Leonardo da Vinci painting representing the last supper créates a scandal in France.

Marithe+Francois Girbaud Expos[edit]

1993 : “Stonewash celebration” at the Carré d’Art in Nîmes. First expo presenting the fabrication of a jeans.

2005 June : the city of Florence honors Marithé+François Girbaud with the expo l’Altro Jeans which takes place at the Leopolda station qui. The expos shows 30 years of jeans design and innovation.

2010 September: Expo "le Maître de la Toile de Jean" at the Paris art gallerie Canesso, rue Lafitte à Paris. For the occasion Marithé+François Girbaud create a special dress representing the 18th century painting le petit mendiant à la part de tourte. Due to MFG's latest innovations it has become possible to represent the painting on a jeans tissue.

2013 March 13–31: Biennale Internationale Design in Saint-Étienne invites Marithé+François Girbaud. A laser embroiding machine is demonstrated in the innovation space of the city.

2014 March 13 to May 7 and September 5 to October 30: Expo Sale of the ultimate Marithé+François Girbaud collection in the Cremerie de Paris at the historic Hôtel de Villeroy in the heart of Paris.[3]


  1. ^ M et F Girbaud ferme huit boutiques après une liquidation judiciaire (in French). France 3: Rhône-Alpes. Accessed November 2013.
  2. ^ "Marithé + François Girbaud Files for Chapter 11". 
  3. ^ [1] Vente / Expo dernière collection)

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