Birth of a French Haute Couture brand.
Ms Carmen de Tommaso opened her Haute Couture House, naming it after herself but with a slight modification: CarvenConsidering that Haute Couture Houses neglected short, petite women like her, she decided to become their dressmaker and, very soon, the dressmaker of teenage girls.
1950 - 1970
The House continued to develop with many new launches: scarves, ties, jewellery and a collection for children.
Ms Carmen de Tommaso also began to design uniforms for international airline companies.
Ms Carmen left the fashion world to devote herself to her passion for ancient furniture and rare objects.
Purchase of the Carven brand by Henri Sebaoun. He was in charge of the brand for several years before becoming the current CEO.
First Fashion Show Women’s Collection then inauguration of the first women’s boutique in Paris, rue Saint Sulpice, in the Saint-Germain des Prés district. This was followed by the opening of a numerous boutiques worldwide (NY, Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Seoul, among others). Presentation of the first Collection for Men in 2012.
A new chapter opened with the arrival of Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud artistic directors for the women’s collection. Before taking up his post with Carven, Alexis worked as artistic director at Iceberg then Givenchy. Adrien worked at Givenchy alongside the artistic director Riccardo Tisci and before that at Marc Jacobs.
Barnaby Hardy was appointed creation director for the Men’s collections. This specialist in male fashion had worked for a long time with Nicolas Ghesquière, firstly at Callaghan in Italy then at Balenciaga for 8 years.
Ms Carmen de Tommaso passed away on June 8th, 2015 at the age of 105 years.
Carven now owns 23 boutiques worldwide and is present in 600 sales outlets.