Lanvin is the French fashion house founded by designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin. Trained as a milliner and dressmaker in Paris, Lanvin's entrance into the fashion world began with the beautiful clothing she made for her daughter, Marguerite. People began inquiring about where they could purchase this clothing, and Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture ("Union of Sewing") in 1909. It wasn't long before she made the switch from clothing children to clothing their mothers.
Famous for her fashionable garments and matching mother-and-daughter ensembles, Lanvin's empire expanded to include a dye factory, home decor, menswear, furs and undergarments.
Lanvin's most notable achievement took place after she expanded her company to include Lanvin Parfums SA in 1924. The company's first perfume, My Sin, was launched in 1924. The company's most successful fragrance, Arpège (named after daughter Marguerite's arpeggios during piano practice) was launched to great success in 1927, and remains an enduring classic, still in production today.
Jeanne Lanvin passed away in 1946, and daughter Marguerite took the helm. The company remained in Lanvin family hands until 1989. The fashion house is under the control of Harmonie S.A., and Elber Albaz is the current creative director. Lanvin perfume releases were sporadic starting in the 1960s until the license was acquired by L'Oreal in the 1990s. The perfume license of Lanvin today resides with Inter Parfums.