Founded : 1988
Activities : Services in this class associated with the selling of luxury products. Business organizing, structuring and management consultation services; commercial and industrial management assistance; business investigations; corporate public relations services, real estate and personal property appraisal services; financial investment, management and advisory services; capital investment consultation services; real estate management services; real estate brokerage services.
Parent Company : Grand Metropolitan
Stockists : International
Origin : 70 Avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Orcofi Holdings, the French fashion house, originally founded by Louis Vuitton family patriarch and former Chairman/CEO of LVMH Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessey Henry Racamier, well established in haute couture, specializing in luxury goods (haute couture, ready-to-wear, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among others).
The original holding company joined the French banking group Paribas and the French cosmetics giant L’Oréal in buying the Lanvin fashion house. Between 1989 and 1991, Orcofi established an impressive portfolio in the luxury sector.
They acquired leather conglomerate Andrelux Industries (Bohata et Cie, Lorenzo, Soco, Upla, and Le Tanneur), French trunk maker Moynat, a heritage company founded in 1849, the luxury grocer Hédiard, Cristalleries Daum, Philippe Model (the French fashion shoe and accessories designer), the young signature ready-to-wear Ines de la Fressange and Paris’ oldest couture house, Lanvin.
Mr. Racamier sold the controlling stake in Lanvin to L’Oreal and Orcofi to French global insurance powerhouse AXA S.A. AXA sold Orcofi’s Orcanta to François-Henri Pinault’s Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (Kering). Founded in 1995, the exclusive boutiques sold for $42.5 million. In 2006, PPR sold Orcanta to Groupe Chantelle who now offers seven lingerie brands/retail networks: Chantelle, Passionata, Darjeeling, Orcanta, Chantal Thomass, Femilet, and Livera.
In 1996, L’Oréal acquired 50% of Lanvin from Orcofi. Lanvin was then acquired by Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang from L’Oreal in 2001. Gordon-Choisy (one of the world’s most prominent tanneries specializing in exotic leathers) initially sold to LVMH and then to Hermes International. Luxembourg-based luxury holding company Luvanis SA (Vionnet, Mainbocher) bought Moynat in 2009. Groupe Arnault, LVMH’s CEO Bernard Arnault’s holding company bought Moynat in 2010.
In 2011 Qatar Luxury Group (QELA) acquired Le Tanneur & Cie (founded 1898) and Euronext listed Soco, also signing a licensing agreement with Michael Kors and Celine. Financiere Saint-Germain, parent of Lalique, Haviland Porcelain Works now owns Cristalleries Daum.
Grand Metropolitan acquired Orcofi in 2010 and is reassembling the collection of legendary brands and status atop the fashion world.