Carven, Piaf dresser in
its heyday, seeks bankruptcy protection
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[May 23, 2018]
PARIS (Reuters) - French
fashion house Carven, which dressed cabaret queen Edith
Piaf, is filing for bankruptcy protection, a spokesman
for the company, which employs 100 people, said on
Models present creations by French designer Guillaume
Henry as part of his Spring/Summer 2014 women's
ready-to-wear for fashion show for house Carven during
Paris fashion week September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit
Carven, founded in 1945 by Carmen de Tommaso, took the world of
fashion by storm in the 1950s with pink chequer dresses,
counting among its most illustrious clients Parisian singer Piaf.
"Carven is in default on payments and will on Wednesday be
asking to be placed under bankruptcy protection of the Paris
commercial court via receivership procedures," a Carven
The fashion house dressed Air France flight attendants in the
1970s before falling on hard times the following decade, only to
rise from the ashes in the first decade of the 21st century.
Annual sales plunged to 20 million euros ($23.4 million)in 2017,
half of the level in 2014, when the firm's artistic director
left and its fortunes took a new turn for the worse.
(Reporting by Pascale Denis; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by
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