Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent was the first couture house to introduce, in 1966, the concept of luxury prêt-à-porter with a collection called “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche”, synonymous with youth and freedom. This shift represented a first critical step in the modernization of fashion and revolutionized the socio-cultural landscape. Throughout the years, the House’s groundbreaking styles have become iconic cultural and artistic references, and its founder, the couturier Yves Saint Laurent, secured a reputation as one of the twentieth century’s foremost designers. Part of the Kering Group, the House kept true to its identity of absolute modernity and fashion authority. Under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, appointed in April 2016, the House offers today a broad range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear products, leather goods, shoes, jewellery and eyewear, under the “Saint Laurent Paris” logo. Through a license agreement, it is also a major force in fragrances and cosmetics.
A Belgian national, Anthony Vaccarello, 36, has been Creative Director of his eponymous brand since 2009, which he founded following two years at Fendi. He has also spent three years at Versus Versace, first as an independent consultant designer and then, since 2015, as Creative Director. A graduate of Belgium’s leading institution in arts and design La Cambre in Brussels, Anthony Vaccarello has long been recognised as one of the most talented, emerging creative minds of our time. He was the grand prize winner of the renowned Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in 2006, and won the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award in 2011. Associated with his mastering of razor-sharp tailoring techniques, Anthony Vaccarello’s influences and references strongly recall the soul of the maison Yves Saint Laurent.
The Saint Laurent eyewear collection is defined by modern elegance and the highest quality which distinguishes Saint Laurent products as unique.