Alfred Dunhill, Ltd. is a British luxury goods brand, specialising in ready-to-wear, custom and bespoke menswear, leather goods, and accessories. The company is based in London, where it also owns and operates a leather workshop. The company is currently owned by Richemont.
Balenciaga is a French fashion house founded by Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. The House of Balenciaga is now owned by the French multinational company Kering. Balenciaga's current Creative Director is Alexander Wang.
Baume et Mercier is a Swiss luxury watch making company founded in 1830. It is owned by Richemont, and with Cartier and Piaget they make up the core of the group. This company is represented in 75 countries and produces around 200,000 watches a year.
Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury goods house best known for its leather goods. Founded in 1966, it was purchased in 2001 by Gucci Group, now a part of the French multinational group Kering. Bottega Veneta is headquartered in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. The Bottega Veneta slogan is "When your own initials are enough".
Breitling SA designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes chronometer watches. Breitling is a privately owned company founded in 1884 in Grenchen, Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Breitling is known for precision-made chronometers useful to aviators.
Bulgari is an Italian jewellery and luxury goods company. The trademark is usually written BVLGARI in the classical Latin alphabet (where V = English U), and is derived from the surname of the company's Greek founder, Sotirios Voulgaris. The name Voulgaris itself contains the root word Βούλγαρ Greek for "Bulgarian".
Burberry Group plc is a British luxury fashion house, distributing clothing, fashion accessories, fragrances and cosmetics. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of its most widely copied trademarks. Burberry is most famous for its trench coat, which was designed by founder Thomas Burberry.
Societe Cartier designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewellery and watches. Founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, the company remained under family control until 1964. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA.
De Beers is a cartel of companies that dominate the diamond, diamond mining, diamond hops, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. De Beers is active in every category of industrial diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea. Mining takes place in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.
Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury industry fashion house. The company was started by Italian designers Domenico Dolce (born 13 August 1958 in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily) and Stefano Gabbana (born 14 November 1962 in Milan). By 2005 their turnover was Euro 597 million.
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is an international Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani, which designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics, and home interiors.
Gucci is an Italian fashion and leather goods brand, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by French company Kering formerly known as PPR. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921. Gucci generated about Euro 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to Business Week magazine and climbed to 41st position in the magazine's annual 2009 "Top Global 100 Brands" chart created by Interbrand.
Hermes International S.A., Hermes of Paris, or simply Hermes is a French manufacturer of quality goods established in 1837, today specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear. Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse.
Hugo Boss AG is a German luxury fashion and style house based in Metzingen, Germany. It is named after its founder, Hugo Boss (1885-1948). Hugo Boss started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a luxury watch and clock manufacture based in Le Sentier, Switzerland that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century. The brand has hundreds of inventions and over a thousand calibres to its name, including the world's smallest calibre, the world's most complicated wristwatch and a timepiece of near-perpetual movement. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre offers eight distinct collections of timepieces and maintains multiple partnerships in diverse sectors, such as marine preservation, motorsports and polo. The company has been a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss luxury group Richemont since 2000.
James Purdey & Sons Limited designs, manufactures, distributes and sells shotguns, rifles, and ammunition and designs, distributes and retails men's and women's clothing and accessories under the Purdey brand. The company was founded by James Purdey in London, England in 1814. James Purdey & Sons Limited hold and have held numerous royal warrants as gun and rifle makers, appointed by the British and other European royal families.
Jean Paul Gaultier; born 24 April 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French haute couture and Pret-a-Porter fashion designer. Gaultier was the creative director of Hermes from 2003 to 2010. In the past, he has hosted the television series Eurotrash.
Dato' Jimmy Choo, OBE, born Choo Yeang Keat, is a Malaysian Chinese fashion designer based in London, United Kingdom. He is best known for co-founding Jimmy Choo Ltd that became known for its handmade women's shoes.
Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt; 10 September 1933) is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi, in addition to having his own label fashion house. Over the decades he has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art related projects. He is well recognized around the world for his trademark white hair, black glasses, and high starched collars.
Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. The label's LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses, and books.
LVMH Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton S.A., better known as LVMH, is a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, headquartered in Paris. The company was formed by the 1987 merger of fashion house Louis Vuitton with Moet Hennessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the champagne producer Moet & Chandon and Hennessy, the cognac manufacturer.
Michael Kors (born Karl Anderson, Jr.; August 9, 1959) is a fashion designer based in New York City. He is best known for designing classic American sportswear for women. He is Honorary Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Michael Kors Holdings Limited (KORS).
Miu Miu is a high fashion brand of women's clothing and accessories from the Prada fashion house. Miu Miu opened in 1993 and is headed by Miuccia Prada. The name of the collection is taken from her nickname. Miu Miu is set to launch its first fragrance in 2015. This is the first time that Miu Miu has expanded outside the fashion and accessories markets.
Oscar Aristides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo (born July 22, 1932) is a Dominican American fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta was trained by Cristobal Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo, he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy.
Piaget SA is a Swiss luxury watchmakers and jewellers, founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the village of La Cote-aux-Fees. The company belongs to the Swiss Richemont group, specialists in the luxury goods industry.
The company was founded as a manufacturer of watch movements but began marketing its own line of watches in the 20th century.
Pierre Cardin, born Pietro Cardin, is an Italian-born French fashion designer who was born on 2 July 1922, at San Biagio di Callalta near Treviso.
Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the "bubble dress" in 1954.
Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA is a Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company founded in 1988 by South African businessman Johann Rupert. Through its various subsidiaries, Richemont designs, manufactures, distributes and sells premium jewellery, watches, leather goods, writing instruments, firearms, clothing and accessories. Richemont is a publicly traded company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and on the JSE Securities Exchange.
Roberto Cavalli (born 15 November 1940) is an Italian fashion designer from Florence. He is known for detailed exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans which are now a standard style for the majority of jean makers. He is the father of fashion designer Daniele Cavalli (b. 1986).
Rolex SA and its subsidiary Montres Tudor SA design, manufacture, distribute and service wristwatches sold under the Rolex and Tudor brands. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.
Sergio Rossi is an Italian women's footwear specialist company that also produces a limited range of men's shoes, handbags and other accessories. The brand is renowned for its craftsmanship and feminine designs. The Sergio Rossi label is owned by the French Group Kering. Francesco Russo has been the Creative Director of Sergio Rossi since October 2008. Christophe Melard was appointed President and CEO of Sergio Rossi in May 2009.
TAG Heuer S.A. designs, manufactures and markets watches, chronographs and fashion accessories while also marketing eyewear and mobile phones manufactured under license by other companies and carrying the Tag Heuer brand name.
Tiffany & Company (known colloquially as Tiffany or Tiffany's) is an American multinational luxury jewellery and specialty retailer, having headquarters in New York City, United States. Tiffany sells jewellery, sterling silver, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, personal accessories, as well as some leather goods.
Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.
Vacheron Constantin is a Swiss manufacture of prestige watches and a brand of the Richemont group. It employs around 400 people worldwide, most of whom are based in the manufacturing plants in Geneva and Vallee de Joux.
Past owners of Vacheron Constantin watches include Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, the Duke of Windsor and Harry Truman.
Valentino SpA is a clothing company founded in 1959 by Valentino Garavani. It is a part of Valentino Fashion Group. Since October 2008, the creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Alessandra Facchinetti was Valentino's creative designer from 2007 to 2008. Valentino is headquartered in Milan.
Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewellery, watch, and perfume company. It was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his brother-in-law Salomon Arpels. Van Cleef & Arpels is known for their expertise in precious stones and intricate, whimsical pieces that often feature flowers, animals, and fairies. Their pieces have been worn by style icons such as the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The company has garnered particular acclaim for a groundbreaking gem-setting procedure known as the Mystery Setting.
Vera Ellen Wang (born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite lady figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions.
Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI (born Vivienne Isabel Swire on 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Yves Saint Laurent YSL (also known as Saint Laurent Paris) is a luxury fashion house founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge. The founder of the brand died in 2008 and had last produced the haute couture line in 2002.