The progression of Balmain designer eyewear could not have gotten to where it is today without the past that laid the foundation for the present.
Founded by Pierre Balmain, a former architecture student, Balmain first opened its stores in Paris in 1945. Born into a French, fashion-focused family in 1914, Pierre’s mother and sister worked in a clothing boutique, and his father owned a drapery business. This early exposure allowed him to hone his trend recognition and creation skills, the same skills that helped Balmain become the go-to for top celebrities on the planet today. Success and influence didn’t come overnight for him though, as he gained over a decade’s worth of experience while working at several fashion houses prior to opening his own shop.