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What is Celine?

Celine is a French luxury ready-to-wear and leather goods brand, founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana. Owned by the LVMH group since 1996, it has its headquarters at 16 rue Vivienne in Paris. Séverine Merle has been the Chief Executive Officer since April 2017​​.

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Who took over at Celine in 2018?

Hedi Slimane was announced as the artistic, creative, and image director of Celine on January 21, 2018​​.

How did Celine start?

Celine was initially a made-to-measure children's shoe business founded by Céline Vipiana and her husband, Richard, in 1945. They opened their first boutique at 52 rue Malte in Paris. The brand was known for its logo, the red elephant created by Raymont Peynet​​.

What was Celine's focus in 1960?

In 1960, Celine shifted its focus to a ready-to-wear fashion brand for women with a sportswear approach, offering leather goods such as bags, loafers, gloves, and clothes​​.

What significant changes occurred in Celine in the 1970s?

In 1973, Celine redesigned its logo with the intertwined "C" Sulky canvas, linked to the Arc-de-Triomphe. This period also saw the brand's expansion internationally with various boutique openings​​.

When did LVMH acquire Celine?

Bernard Arnault bought into Celine's capital in 1987, and it was integrated into the LVMH group in 1996 for 2.7 billion French francs ($540 million)​​.

Who succeeded Céline Vipiana as Celine's creative director?

After Céline Vipiana, Peggy Huynh Kinh took over in 1988. Michael Kors became the women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Celine in 1997. He left in 2004 to focus on his brand​​.

1945

Celine is founded by Céline Vipiana as a made-to-measure children’s shoe store in Paris.

1960s

The brand shifts focus to women's ready-to-wear fashion with a sportswear approach and expands into leather accessories.

1973

Celine introduces a new logo, the Blazon Chaine, and expands internationally.

1987

Bernard Arnault buys into Celine's capital.

1996

Celine becomes part of LVMH.

1997-2004

Michael Kors serves as the creative director, reinvigorating the brand with new designs.

2005-2008

Creative direction under Roberto Menichetti and then Ivana Omazic.

2008-2017

Phoebe Philo's tenure as creative director, known for her minimalist and elegant designs.

2018

Hedi Slimane takes over, introducing a significant rebranding and a shift towards edgier styles.

2022

Presley Gerber Is the Face of CELINE's Haute Parfumerie Campaign.

2023

Celine’s Winter 2023 Show Was a Rock N’ Roll Concert.

We've Entered CELINE's Dad Rock Phase.

CELINE's Le Palace Show Was One Big Indie Throwback.

EXCLUSIVE: Hedi Slimane Took Us Inside CELINE's Wiltern Barn-Burner.

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