Collaert
Orcofi Holdings
Founded : 1988
Activities : Business organizing, structuring and management consultation services for luxury industry; commercial and industrial management assistance; business investigations; corporate public relations services, real estate and personal property appraisal services; financial investment, management and advisory services.
Parent Company : Orcofi Holdings
Stockists : International
Origin : 70 Avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
www.Collaert.com
www.Orcofi.com

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, 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. Major luxury brand suppliers, Gordon-Choisy (rare leathers) and Collaert (belts) became substantial assets of Orcofi Holdings.

At the end of the 19th century, in 1889, Mr. François Bayon, a military tailor, made a supportive belt for men. Although he wasn’t aware of it at the time, this would be life-changing. His belt was a real innovation and was very successful. Mr. Bayon, a fervent supporter of Napoleon, was inspired to create his own brand of belts, which he decorated with the Imperial Eagle (“aigle” means “eagle” in French) as a tribute to Napoleon his son, Napoleon II, who was known as “L’Aiglon” (the eaglet). This nickname was connected to his father, who was nicknamed L’Aigle (The Eagle) after a poem written by Victor Hugo in 1852.Almost 100 years later, Dominique Vigin took over L’Aiglon. He has given the brand international impetus and has positioned it as a market leader in all five continents.

Aiglon has since merged with Collaert, a firm specialising in making belts for prestigious companies such as Lacoste, Lanvin, Azzaro and Balmain, and other leading fashion houses.