Nicole Farhi

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Nicole Farhi
Born (1946-07-25) 25 July 1946 (age 70)
Nice, France
Occupation Fashion designer, artist, sculptor
Spouse(s) David Hare

Nicole Farhi, Lady Hare, CBE (born 25 July 1946) is a French fashion designer and sculptor born in Nice, France.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Farhi is the daughter of Sephardic Jews from Turkey. She was born in France.[5]


Farhi started her career as a freelancer in Paris, before moving to London in the 1970s.[6]

In 1978, Farhi was employed by Stephen Marks on his French Connection label, to head up the company’s design studio in Bow, East London.[7]

In 1982, Marks assisted Farhi in launching an eponymous Nicole Farhi higher-end fashion label within the French Connection group.[7] The label opened shops worldwide, as well as restaurants in London and New York City; but the non-UK locations have since closed.[8]

On 15 March 2010, French Connection announced the sale of the brand and retail chains to OpenGate Capital for up to £5 million.[9][10] Administrators Zolfo Cooper were appointed on 3 July 2013, to advise on sale or restructuring of the remaining five UK shops and associated retail outlets located within Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Selfridges.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Farhi and Marks' professional relationship resulted in a personal relationship, and the couple had a daughter, Candice Marks,[5][12] before separating. Farhi married British playwright David Hare in 1992.[13]

She is a cousin of the writer and human rights campaigner Moris Farhi.[14]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2007, Farhi was appointed an honorary CBE, and, in 2010, she was awarded the Legion of Honour.[15][16]

In February 2007, Farhi was a signatory to the declaration of the Independent Jewish Voices, a new Jewish network, calling for an open and critical debate on Israel and criticising certain Jewish organisations' unconditional support of Israel.[17]


  1. ^ National Portrait Gallery page for Nicole Farhi
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  4. ^ Lauren Milligan (2012-05-08). "Farhi Change". Vogue. 
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  6. ^ "Nicole Farhi". Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Retrieved 2013-02-06.
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  9. ^ Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  10. ^ "Regulatory News Service link": "French Connection Group plc, Completion of Strategic Review, Announcement of Sale of a Business and Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 January 2010, released 15 March 2010."
  11. ^ "Nicole Farhi fashion chain enters administration". BBC News. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
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