Staying at our luxury boutique hotel in Paris 8 offers up some exciting shopping opportunities. The Hotel Bowmann Paris is perfectly placed so that you are closeby to shop at your favourite luxury branded stores. One such store is the haute couture fashion house, Celine. Celine owns almost 150 stores worldwide and is distributed through a selective network including high-end department stores.
Celine was created in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, one of the rare legendary female company directors who transmitted her personal dynamic energy to her brand. She and her husband created one of the first luxury shoe brands that catered to children. The shoes rapidly became famous due to the excellent quality and custom soles. In addition, the brand gained recognition due to its logo, a red elephant created by Ramont Peynet.
However, in 1960, the brand changed its focus and turned its attention to providing ready-to-wear fashion for women from a sportswear approach. From there the branch went on to make leather goods such as bags, loafers, gloves and clothes with Céline as the head designer right up until her death in 1997.
Since leather was increasing in popularity, the business was flourishing. This prompted Céline to open a leather goods factory in Florence in 1964. In this year the brand also launched a new fragrance called “vent fou” along with the “American Sulky” collection of accessories, together they both helped increase the brand’s success.
When Celine decided to expand and open boutiques in other parts of the world, they redesigned their logo in 1973. The logo at the time featured the intertwined “C” Sulky canvas, linked to the Parisian symbol, Arc-de-Triomphe.
In 1987, the world’s largest luxury-goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, chairman and CEO, Benard Arnault decided to buy into Celine’s capital. Although that was done in 1987, the brand was later integrated into the LVMH group until 1996 for 2.7 billion francs. It was this acquisition that further propelled the brand to success.
In 1997 famous American designer, Michael Kors was named the creative director for the brand.
He left the company to focus on creating his own brand in 2004. Currently, the creative director is a French photographer and fashion designer, Hedi Slimane. Slimane is said to have replaced the brand’s traditional style with his personal signature “driven by youth culture, indie rock and sulking adolescence.”
Equipped with traditional or more modern pieces, all you need now is to enjoy your purchases at our luxury hotel and spa in Paris 8.