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Jeanne Lanvin S.A.
TypePrivate company
FounderJeanne Lanvin
Area served
Key people
Joann Cheng
(Interim CEO)
Bruno Sialelli
(Creative Director, Women's and Men's collection)
ProductsApparel, accessories, perfume, jewelry
ParentFosun International
Footnotes / references

Lanvin (French: [lɑ̃vɛ̃]) is a French multinational high fashion house, which was founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889. It is the third oldest French fashion house still in operation. In 1990, the house was taken over by the Orcofi Group, then sold to l’Oréal in 1996. In 2001, Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate, took Lanvin private again. On 14 March 2016, Bouchra Jarrar was appointed as Creative Director for Women’s Collection, replacing Alber Elbaz, who had transformed the company over the previous fourteen years. Bouchra's departure was announced on 6 July 2017. She was succeeded as artistic director by Olivier Lapidus, who left the company without a named successor on 22 March 2018. Men’s Collections have been headed by Lucas Ossendrijver since 2005. Bruno Sialelli has been the head designer for both the men's and the women's collections since 2019.


November 1915 Lanvin design shown in the United States.

Lanvin made clothes for her daughter, Marie-Blanche de Polignac, which began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people, who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers,[2] and some of the most famous names in Europe[who?] were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturière. The Lanvin logo was inspired by a photograph taken for Jeanne Lanvin as she attended a ball with her daughter wearing matching outfits in 1907.[2]

From 1923, the Lanvin empire included a dye factory in Nanterre.[3] In the 1920s, Lanvin opened shops devoted to home decor, menswear, furs and lingerie, but her most significant expansion was the creation of Lanvin Parfums SA in 1924. "My Sin", an animalic-aldehyde based on heliotrope, was introduced in 1925, and is widely considered a unique fragrance.[citation needed] It would be followed by her signature fragrance, Arpège, in 1927, said to have been inspired by the sound of her daughter's practising her scales on the piano.[citation needed]

After Jeanne Lanvin[edit]

When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was ceded to her daughter Marguerite,[4] who had shared management of the firm from 1942 with a cousin and then a fashion-industry expert. Because Marie-Blanche de Polignac was childless when she died in 1958, the ownership of the House of Lanvin went to a cousin, Yves Lanvin.

From mid-1960s through to the 1996 takeover by L'Oreal, Lanvin was run by Bernard Lanvin. The export department was in the original factory in Nanterre where all the perfumes were made and bottled. The administrative Head Office was in Paris. In 1979, Lanvin bought its independence from Squibb USA and a major PR promotional tour was arranged by Paris in the United States in the same year.

Midland Bank bought a stake in the company from the family in March 1989, and installed Léon Bressler to revamp the firm's faded image. However, in February 1990, Midland backed out and sold Lanvin to Orcofi, a French holding company led by the Vuitton family. From Orcofi, 50% of the House of Lanvin was acquired by L'Oréal in 1994, 66% in 1995 and 100% in 1996. Under L'Oréal's diverse umbrella, an array of CEOs who circulate within the French fashion industry have directed the company.

In August 2001, Lanvin [5] was taken private again by investor group Harmonie S.A., headed by Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate.[5] In 2005, Joix Corporatic was the Lanvin ready-to-wear licence holder in Japan with retail value of €50 million.[6]

On 4 December 2009, Lanvin opened their first US boutique in Bal Harbour, Florida.[7]

In 2011, Lanvin sales reached €203 million, not counting an estimated €4.5 million in revenues from licences.[5]

On 20 November 2013, Lanvin became the official tailor of Arsenal FC.[8]

On 28 October 2015, Lanvin announced that Elbaz was no longer at the company, due to differences of opinion with the shareholders. He was replaced by Bouchra Jarrar in March 2016. Jarrar left the following year and was succeeded by Olivier Lapidus, who departed on 23 March 2018, after only two seasons. Lapidus' successor was not named upon his exit.

In February 2018, Shanghai-based conglomerate Fosun International paid €120m to become the majority stakeholder in Lanvin.[9] In March 2020, Jean-Philippe Hecquet stepped down from his role as CEO after 18 months, while Joann Cheng, chairman of Fosun Fashion Group, Lanvin's parent company, and head of the board of directors of Lanvin, became interim CEO.[10]

Creative directors since 2001[edit]

Alber Elbaz[edit]

In October 2001, Alber Elbaz was appointed the Lanvin artistic director for all activities, including interiors. In 2006, he introduced new packaging for the fashion house, featuring a forget-me-not flower color, Lanvin's favorite shade which she purportedly saw in a Fra Angelico fresco (Suzy Menkes, 2005.). On 2 September 2010, it was announced by H&M that Lanvin would be their guest designer collaboration for the Winter 2010 collection.[5] The collection would be available to view beginning 4 November 2010 at The collection would then be available to buy in 200 stores worldwide, on 20 November, with a first look sale the day before exclusively at the H&M store in Las Vegas.[11] The main face of the collection video was supermodel Natasha Poly.[12]

Lucas Ossendrijver[edit]

Lucas Ossendrijver

Lucas Ossendrijver started with Kenzo’s menswear in 1997. In 2000, he moved to Munich where fashion designer Kostas Murkudis gave him free rein over the men’s line. Back in Paris, he then spent four years with Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme: his luxury fashion debut. In 2006, Lucas Ossendrijver was appointed the head of the men's line. The 2006 men's ready-to-wear collection was inspired by a Jean-Luc Godard film. He launched the first LANVIN urban sneakers, now with their patent leather toe caps, while presenting his AW 2006 collections; the shoes later became available in women’s collections. While enjoying a revitalized reputation in luxury, Lanvin received mainstream press in the United States in May 2009 when Michelle Obama was photographed wearing a popular line of Lanvin's sneakers made of suede with grosgrain ribbon laces and metallic pink toe caps while volunteering at a Washington, D.C. food bank. The sneaker shoes were reportedly retailed at $540.[13]

Bouchra Jarrar[edit]

Bouchra Jarrar was appointed as Creative Director by Lanvin in March 2016.[14] She is a Permanent Member of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Couture since 2014, she was a Guest Member as of January 2010. She worked as Nicolas Ghesquière’s studio director at Balenciaga for 10 years. In 2006, she moved on to French couture house Christian Lacroix — working alongside the designer as director of haute couture until the company closed in 2009. She founded her own house in 2010 and earned the official Haute Couture appellation in 2013.

In 2017, and with the preparation of only two ready-to-wear collections, Jarar stepped down from her position.[15] Upon her departure, Lanvin released the following statement: "Lanvin and Bouchra Jarrar have mutually decided to put an end to their collaboration".[16]

Bruno Sialelli[edit]

The 31-year-old French designer, Bruno Sialelli, was named the new creative director of Lanvin in January 2019.[17] Lanvin revealed in a statement that Sialelli's appointment marks a "pivotal new direction".[18] In less than 5 years, Lanvin has had 5 creative directors, including Olivier Lapidus, who left in 2018. Sialelli had worked with Jonathan Anderson at Spanish brand Loewe prior to the appointment and was presumed to be facing "great pressure to turn things around for the maison."[19]


  • 1946–1950, Lanvin's daughter Marie-Blanche de Polignac, owner and director
  • 1942–50, Marie-Blanche's cousin Jean Gaumont-Lanvin (Colombes, 1908–Versailles, 1988), director general
  • 1950–1955, Daniel Gorin (Paris, 1891–Paris, 1972), director general
  • 1959, Marie-Blanche's cousin Yves Lanvin, owner; Madame Yves Lanvin, president.
  • 1989–1990, Léon Bressler, chairperson
  • 1990–1993, Michel Pietrini, chairperson
  • 1993–1995, Loïc Armand, chairperson
  • 1995–2001, Gérald Asaria, chairperson
  • 2001–2004, Jacques Lévy, director general


  • 1946–1958: Marie-Blanche de Polignac, director general and designer
  • 1950–1963: Antonio del Castillo, women's collections
  • 1960–1980: Bernard Devaux, hats, scarves, haute couture; women's "Diffusions" line 1963–1980,
  • 1964–1984: Jules-François Crahay (Liège, 1917–1988), haute couture collections and "Boutique de Luxe"
  • 1972: Christian Benais, men's ready-to-wear collection
  • 1976–1991: Patrick Lavoix, men's ready-to-wear collections
  • 1981–1989: Maryll Lanvin, ready-to-wear, first haute couture in 1985 and women's "Boutique" collections
  • 1989–1990: Robert Nelissen, women's ready-to-wear collections
  • 1990–1992: Claude Montana, five haute-couture collections
  • 1990–1992: Eric Bergère, women's ready-to-wear collections
  • 1992–2001: Dominique Morlotti, women's and men's ready-to-wear collections
  • 1996–1998: Ocimar Versolato, women's ready-to-wear collections
  • 1998–2002: Cristina Ortiz, women's ready-to-wear collections
  • 2002–2015: Alber Elbaz, artistic director of all creative activities
  • 2003–2006: Martin Krutzki, designer of men's ready-to-wear
  • 2006–2018: Lucas Ossendrijver, men's collections
  • 2016–2017: Bouchra Jarrar, women's collections
  • 2017–2018: Olivier Lapidus, women's collections
  • 2018-2019: Estrella Archs, women's collections
  • 2019–Present: Bruno Sialelli, women's and men's collections


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