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It all began in the South of France, in a small tailor shop on the rue Paradis in Nice.
Mr. Jean Goldberg gained visibility on the Riviera as his skills were increasingly in demand by would-be actors in need of evening wear during the Cannes Film Festival. It was at this time that his son Mr. A. Goldberg learned the invaluable skill of being a master tailor.
After a visit to Brooks Brothers in New York during the 60′s, Mr. A. Goldberg was eager to invent his own vision of ready-to-wear menswear.
In the late 60′s Mr. A. Goldberg took over his father’s business and began producing a small ready-to-wear collection for men. Colorful designs, sumptuous fabrics and timeless elegance influenced each Façonnable collection.
Throughout the next three decades, Mr. A. Goldberg expanded Façonnable by establishing boutique locations in key cities of France, Belgium and Spain. Wholesalers throughout Europe were eager to purchase the product which helped to further broaden the distribution for the brand.
Through the years, authenticity, instinct, and talent, values at the heart of Façonnable, express elegance without ostentation.
In 1988, merchants from Nordstrom discovered Façonnable during a visit to a Paris trade show. Shortly after this meeting, a joint partnership was forged to provide exclusive distribution of Façonnable throughout the U.S. via Nordstrom retail stores. Beginning in the early 1990′s Nordstrom and Façonnable further expanded the brand in the U.S. by opening boutiques in New York, Beverly Hills, and Costa Mesa, California.
In 1995, the first women’s line was launched in the U.S. and 4 years after, it appeared in Europe.
In the fall of 2000, Nordstrom purchased Façonnable SAS and founder Mr. A Goldberg retired. After the acquisition of Façonnable by Nordstrom, the Façonnable boutique in New York city was relocated to a much larger location on 5th Avenue and the Coral Gables, Florida boutique was opened.
In the summer of 2007 M1 Group, a Lebanon based, family-owned company engaged in a number of diverse business activities, purchased Façonnable after Nordstrom decided to concentrate on its retail activity in the U.S.
M1 is a private investment firm owned by the Mikati family based in Beirut, Lebanon with interests in telecommunications, commercial aviation, energy and real estate. Historically, M1 has actively & aggressively grown its businesses in entrepeneurial fashion.
M1 sees Façonnable as a high potential brand which it intends to invest in to build on its brand equity, strong heritage and outstanding craftsmanship. M1 plans to strengthen the position of the brand in fashion capitals such as London and Milan, to add to its existing network of boutiques in the US as well as extending the range of Façonnable branded products into leather goods, children’s wear and home furnishings.
Today the brand has over 500 retail customers world-wide and products include high quality men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. It is distributed through 24 stores in France and 42 stores around the world (including 9 in the U.S.).
Le succès de Façonnable dans l’industrie du vêtement de luxe remonte à plus d’un demi-siècle
Mr. J. Goldberg founds original Façonnable men’ tailor shop
Mr. A. Goldberg takes over his father’s shop and launches the first Façonnable collection
Business expands rapidly in Europe
Launches its first branded boutique in Monte Carlo
Eyewear collection launched
Forms an exclusive distribution partnership in the U.S. with Nordstrom
Includes watches line
Launch of Perfumes
Expands its product offerings to include a women’s line
Develops shoes collection
Nordstrom acquires Façonnable outright
Relocation of Flagship boutique at Rockfeller Center
Development of Middle East market
Kid’s collection launched
Canadian distribution relationship established
M1 Group acquires Façonnable
Opening of two new USA stores (Atlanta and San Francisco)
Opening of three new USA department stores (Aventura, Dallas and Denvers)