Lanvin was founded by a French fashion designer called Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (known as Jeanne Lanvin), who was born in Paris in 1867 and died in Paris in 1946. Her designs were very influential during the two decades before World War II, with trademark designs including florals, embroidery and embellishments such as delicate trimmings and beads.
After Jeanne Lanvin's death, her daughter, Marie-Blanche, took over control of the company. When Marie-Blanche died without children, the company went to her cousin, Yves Lanvin. Since this time, the Lanvin company has had a number of different owners including L'Oreal and Louis Vuitton. However, it is now owned by a private investor group.
Today, Lanvin designs exclusive clothing and accessories for men and women, including ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter), shoes, bags and jewellery. Lanvin shoes are available in a wide variety of styles, including platforms, Oxford shoes, a wide range of glamourous ballet style shoes, court shoes and peep toes.
Lanvin shoes can be found in Lanvin boutiques across the world in cities diverse as Tokyo, Moscow, Casablanca and Paris. The London boutique is situated at 108 New Bond Street, London W1S 1EF. The Lanvin brand is also sold in exclusive privately owned boutiques and the high department stores including Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
Lanvin is a much loved brand by many models, celebrities and 'A' listers. Those who have been seen out and about wearing Lanvin include Linda Evangelista, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Portman, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Hudson, Michelle Monaghan, Charlize Theron and Ulrika Jonsson.
Online, Lanvin shoes are on sale at Selfridges, Harrods and Browns Fashion. Harrods offer worldwide delivery, Browns Fashion will deliver to most countries of the world, and those outside the EU will receive a VAT refund. The UK VAT rate is currently 20%.
Also be sure to check out the online designer outlet, E&A Moda, who have a range of Lanvin shoes and bags all at discounted prices. The range includes knee high wedge boots, ballet flats, sandals and pumps, together with shoulder bags, handbags and shopping bags. E&A Moda are based in the UK and offer worldwide delivery.