We all love designer pieces… but have you ever wondered how they actually came to be.. the history behind them?
Here, I have listed some of my favourite designers and how they became what they are today!
Did you know……..
House of Fendi was founded by Adele and Eduardo Fendi in 1965.
It first started as a fur and leather shop in Rome. Adele and Eduardo had five daughters: Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla & Alda who all took Fendi to another level by discovering Karl Lagerfield!
Karl Lagerfield was a great discovery as he changed the house of Fendi by designing amazing fur!
Today, Karl Lagerfield designs under his own name as well.
House of Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854 in Paris by Louis Vuitton .
Louis Vuitton was appointed as trunk-maker to Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III.
Vuitton became popular with his flat bottom trunk design as it was easier to stack. It was a new idea at that time, as he was the first designer to come up with flat bottom trunks instead of round too trunks.
Many luggage makers soon started to copy his style so Vuitton trademarked his Damien canvas print.
Mario Prada did not believe in women joining the business but his son wasn’t at all interested.
Ironically Mario’s daughter, Luisa Prada, took much interest in the company and became his successor! She led the company for 20 years and eventually her daughter joined the Prada family business.
Burberry was founded in 1856 by 21- year old Thomas Burberry who used to a be a draper’s apprentice.
Thomas opened his first store in Basingstoke, Hampshire and it was first known for outdoor attire.
Burberry was the original name, but the company started calling it, “Burberrys“. Many people from around the world then began calling it “Burberrys of London“.
“Burberrys of London” is still visible in many older products from the company.
The classic Burberry ‘trench’ was created during World War I for militiary personnel, however it soon became popular with the general public!
House of Dior was originally established, 1946 in a private house in Paris. It was started by designer, Christian Dior and was funded by a businessman, Marcel Boussac.
Boussac originally invited the young Dior to work for another designer, but Dior refused as he wanted to work under his own name and not another brand.
Christian Dior was born in a seaside town in Normandy and was one of five children of a wealthy, fertiliser manufacturer.
Guccio Gucci was an immigrant hotel worker in Paris & London, who was amazed by the luxurious luggage the hotel guests would bring in with them!
In 1920, he returned to Florence after visiting manufacturers and established a shop that sold fine leather goods.
Together with his three sons, Gucci expanded the stores to Milan and Rome.
Gucci’s crest, made up of a shield & an armoured knight, became synonymous with Florence after the war.