1940s: Céline was founded in Paris by Céline Vipiana in 1945. Originally conceived as a made-to-measure children’s shoe boutique, by 1948 the business had opened three more stores.
1960s: Their success grew and in the 1960s, Céline launched a ready-to-wear line with the notion of bringing fashion to everyone, a trend that revolutionized the 1960s. A pioneer in the sportswear genre, Céline’s ready-to-wear cornered and conquered this emerging market.
1990s: In 1996, Céline joined the LVMH Group and began rapidly developing its ready-to-wear and accessory collections. One of the first official acts by owners LVMH Group was to appoint Michael Kors as lead designer for the label’s ready-to-wear collection. He became the house Creative Director in 1999.