Top 20 Best French Clothing Brands

By | February 9, 2021

Here is a collection of top 20 best French clothing brands ranked by popularity. God bless France and the brands standing on the edge of a modern fashion industry.

France is well known for the fashion industry and its capital Paris is widely admired by women as the Paradise of Fashion. But what we really wanted to do in this article is to spotlight the brands that attract the wildest attention around the globe and have millions of fans.

1. Chanel

A famous French high-fashion brand. Chanel clothing is synonymous with elegance, wealth and the ultimate French high class.

  • Founder: Coco Chanel
  • Founded in 1910, Paris
  • Revenue: $ 11 billion USD (2019)
  • Parent company: CHANEL International B.V.

2. Louis Vuitton

A French fashion house founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses.

  • Founder: Louis Vuitton
  • Founded in 1854, Paris
  • Parent company: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
  • Revenue: $ 15 billion USD (2020)

3. Dior

One of the most popular French high fashion clothing brands. The Dior label is the namesake of designer Christian Dior who launched the haute couture empire in 1946.

  • Parent company: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Semyrhamis SA
  • Revenue: € 53 billion (2019)

4. Hermès

Hermès is a French company specilized in the designing, manufacturing and sales of luxury products, especially in the fields of leather , the fashion clothing and perfume.

  • Founder: Thierry Hermès
  • Established in 1837, Paris
  • Parent company: H51 SAS
  • Revenue: € 6 billion (2019)

5. Balenciaga

Balenciaga is a French fashion clothing brand founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house.

  • Founder: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Established in 1919, Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Revenue: $ 1.1 billion USD (2019)

6. Givenchy

Givenchy is a French brand of clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics with Parfums Givenchy.

  • Founder: Hubert de Givenchy
  • Established in 1952, Paris
  • Parent company: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
  • Revenue: € 917 million (2012)

7. YSL

Yves Saint Laurent or YSL is a luxury fashion brand founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé.

  • Founded in July 1961, Paris
  • Revenue: € 1.21 billion
  • Parent companies: Kering, Kering Holland N.V.

8. Lacoste

Lacoste is a high-end apparel company founded in 1933 that sells high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear, and most famously tennis shirts.

  • Founders: André Gillier, René Lacoste
  • Established in 1933, France
  • Revenue $ 656.63 million USD

9. Cacharel

Cacharel is a French brand of ready-to-wear clothing, perfume and accessories. It was created in 1962 by Jean Bousquet, in Nîmes, who founded the company of the same name in 1964.

10. Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci is a fashion house founded by Maria “Nina” Ricci and her son Robert in Paris in 1932.

11. Pierre Cardin

One of the major clothing brands in France. Pierre Cardin was founded in Paris by Pierre Cardin, a Italian-born French fashion designer.


Lanvin is a French high fashion clothing brand founded by Jeanne Lanvin.

13. Celine

Celine is a French luxury house founded in 1945 by Celine Vipiana.

14. Christian Lacroix

A French fashion house founded by Christian Lacroix, In 1989, Lacroix launched jewelry, handbags, shoes, glasses, scarves and ties (along with ready-to-wear).

15. Le Coq Sportif

Le Coq Sportif is a French company producing sports equipment such as shoes, shorts, and T-shirts.

16. Etam

One of the most popular French clothing brands based in Paris. Etam is well known for its lingeries and Prêt-à-porter.

17. Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld  is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris, France. Lagerfeld helms his own label fashion house, as well as the Italian house Fendi.


Kookai is a French clothing brand founded in 1983. It has a simple philosophy: “to supply young women with affordable apparel for their wardrobes”.

19. Chantelle

The Chantelle Group is a French lingerie company originally founded in 1876. The Chantelle Group exists over three brand names; Chantelle, Passionata, and Darjeeling.

20. Catherine Malandrino

Catherine Malandrino is a fashion designer born in Grenoble, France. She channels her energy into poetic designs that encourage women to express their personality.

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