In 1945, Céline Vipiana and her husband, Richard, created one of the first luxury brands in the industry, Céline, a made-to-measure children’s shoe business, and opened a first boutique at 52 rue Malte in Paris. In 1960s the brand became more prominent by focusing its business on a ready-to-wear fashion brand for women with a sportswear approach.
In 1973, Céline redesigned its logo with the intertwined “C” Sulky canvas, linked to the Arc-de-Triomphe, which appeared as a symbol for Parisians. At that time, Céline began its expansion in the world with the opening of various boutiques in Monte Carlo, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lausanne, Toronto and Beverly Hills. American fashion designer Michael Kors was named the first ever women’s ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Céline in 1997.
These days the brand owns a hundred stores worldwide and is distributed through a selective network including department stores such as Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman (USA), Harrods (London) and Galeries Lafayette (Paris)
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