Révillon Frères (Revillon Brothers) was a French fur and luxury goods company, founded in 1723.
Fur trading operation
In 1903, Revillon Frères, at the time owned by Victor Revillon, set up a network of fur-trading posts in northern Canada to compete with the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). By 1909, Revillon had forty-eight stores in its Eastern Arctic division while HBC had fifty-two. The HBC bought out Revillon's fur-trading operation in 1936.
Revillon Frères financed Robert Flaherty's 1922 film Nanook of the North, filmed near one of their trading posts at Inukjuak, Quebec on northeastern Hudson Bay, said to be Canada's first documentary. 
In the 1960s, Revillon acquired Grauer Furs, New York's preeminent fur manufacturing company. Grauer Furs was founded by Austrian immigrant William Grauer and later operated by Grauer's two sons, Abraham and Herman. In 1970, in a deal negotiated by Herman Grauer, Revillon became the fur supplier to Saks 5th Avenue. This arrangement lasted until 1995.
In 1982, Revillon was acquired by hypermarket operator Cora, and became its luxury division Cora-Revillon. Subsequently, Cora-Revillon became a separate company, now privately owned, with Revillon as its primary brand. Besides furs, Revillon produces perfume.
Furs by Révillon Frères
- Kermoal, Nathalie, Alberta's Francophones. Les Editions GID, 2005; http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/L103.30
- How I filmed Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty, transcribed by David Pierce from World's Work, October 1922
- Kermoal, Nathalie. Alberta's Francophones, Les Editions GID, 2005
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