Marithé et François Girbaud

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Marithé + François Girbaud
Industry Fashion
Founded Paris, France (1972)
Founder François Girbaud, Marithé Bachellerie
Headquarters France
Number of locations
110 shops and 2,000 outlets (2010)
Key people
Renzo Rosso, Marithé Bachellerie
Products Clothes : Jeans, etc.
Revenue €200 millions (2010)[1][2]
Subsidiaries Mad Lane, Compagnie des montagnes et forêts, Closed, Ça, etc.

Marithé + François Girbaud is an international clothing company based in France and founded by stylists François Girbaud and Marithé Bachellerie in 1972.[3][4][5] They created several brands : Compagnie des montagnes et des forêts, Ça, Closed, Matricule 11342, etc.[6] They are world-known especially for industrialization of the Stonewash (stone washing process), baggy trousers and skin-tight jeans.[7][8][9]


François and Marithé Girbaud began their career working in the parisian clothes shop : Western House, in 1964.[10] Then Maurice Chorenslup, Pierre Zelcer and Jacques Rozenker helped the couple to create their first brands.[11]

The 80's - 90's are decades of biggest successes for the French brand, with a $900M worldwide turnover; in 2010, the group was still generating €200M of revenue.[12]

Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri wear MFG jeans in Flashdance

In 1983, the Girbaud duo are creating costumes for Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, actors of Flashdance movie.[13]

In 1992, Kris Kross, a rap/hip hop duo known for hit song "Jump", are wearing Girbaud's jeans their music video.[14][15][16]

In June 2012, it was reported that Girbaud had filed for bankruptcy and that its websites were down.[17]

In 2015, Marithé Bachellerie and François Girbaud create a new company name Mad Lane (an itinerant concept store) but they are still using the original name Marithé + François Girbaud.[18][19]



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  3. ^ "There's a nostalgia-driven underground market for Girbaud's famous Shuttle jeans — Quartz". 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Co gets into no-stretch, raw denim with Francois Girbaud". LA Times. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  5. ^ by Aewing (2007-07-26). "Girbaud Jeans Pulls A "Cristal" Move On Hip Hop". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
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  17. ^ "Marithé + François Girbaud Files for Chapter 11". 
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  20. ^ "Marithé + François = Girbaud". 30 December 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016 – via IMDb. 

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