Marithé + François Girbaud
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.
According to WWD article dated June 8, 2012, Girbaud filed for the French version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its websites are down.
Fame of the Brand
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.
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
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.
- M et F Girbaud ferme huit boutiques après une liquidation judiciaire (in French). France 3: Rhône-Alpes. Accessed November 2013.
- "Marithé + François Girbaud Files for Chapter 11".
-  Vente / Expo dernière collection)
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