Balenciaga RTW Fall 2019

PARIS — French luxury goods trade association Comité Colbert has added two new members, including fashion house Balenciaga.

The label was founded by Spain-born Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1917 and established in Paris in 1937. Now owned by French luxury group Kering, the brand is enjoying strong growth under artistic director Demna Gvasalia and chief executive officer Cédric Charbit.

Comité Colbert also welcomed the family-owned musical instrument manufacturer Henri Selmer Paris, known for its professional-grade woodwind and brass instruments, especially saxophones, clarinets and trumpets.

“Balenciaga brings history and creativity to the design of emblematic, modern and innovative fashion products, whereas Henri Selmer Paris has been celebrating the sense of hearing for four generations, thus contributing to the sensory alchemy that is the hallmark of luxury,” said Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes, president and ceo of Comité Colbert.

The association now includes 84 luxury houses, 16 cultural institutions and six non-French European members.