As one of the My Favorite Holidays Are Sunday Shirt But I will love this oldest French fashion houses still in existence, Lanvin is founded on the concept of family. Initially opened as a millinery in 1889, the brand expanded into a full-fledged fashion label based on the popularity of the designs its founder Jeanne Lanvin was creating for her daughter, Marguerite. That was a legacy that stuck out to ballroom’s Christian Lanvin when he was coming up with a short list of names to brand the ballroom house he was helping to found in 2013.
“We wanted something along the My Favorite Holidays Are Sunday Shirt But I will love this high-end line, something that was not mainstream enough that it was on everybody’s lips, but something that had a history to it,” Christian said. At the time, he was in ballroom’s House of Lacroix, which he also named. After less than a decade of existence, the founders of Lacroix had decided to merge with the House of Evisu, and Christian was called upon, again, to ideate names. McQueen, Margiela, and Rodarte all made his list. “I just kept reading and saw how [Lanvin] was really big on the mother-daughter aspect and how the brand was started,” said Christian. “I tied that back to Meechie [a founding father of our house] and myself and how we inspire each other even though it’s more of a father-son relationship.”