Céline (brand)

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Céline
Type Subsidiary of public company
Industry Fashion
When it was created 1945 (1945)
People who started it Céline Vipiana
Headquarters Paris, France
Money earned €172.2 million (2012)
Owner(s) LVMH
Website www.celine.com

Céline is a French luxury fashion house. It was founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana.[1] Today, it is an international brand owned by LVMH. It was sold to LVMH in July 1988 for 2.7 billion francs (US$540 million).[2]

Céline started as a children's shoe business. It later began selling women's shoes and accessories.[3] It began selling ready-to-wear shoes in the 1960s. Celine Vipiana remained the designer until 1997. American fashion designer Michael Kors then took over as creative director for the brand.[4] Kors turned the fashion house into a highly successful brand. The current creative director of Céline is Phoebe Philo, since October 2008.

Chief designers[change | change source]

  • Céline Vipiana (1945–1997)
  • Michael Kors (1997–2004)
  • Roberto Menichetti (2004–2005)
  • Ivana Omazic (2005–2008)
  • Phoebe Philo (2008–present)

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