PARIS — Here comes Chanel’s No. 6.
The French fashion house has enlarged the number of couture workshops it owns by one, acquiring Paris-based gold- and silversmith Robert Goossens, which had collaborated with Gabrielle Chanel from 1955 until her death in 1971 on famous designs such as Byzantine-style crosses.
Chanel SA, through its subsidiary Paraffection, owns five other specialty ateliers: the embroidery house Lesage, shoemaker Massaro, hatmaker A. Michel, feather and flower house Lemarie and button maker Desrues. Chanel has been adding to its stable in recent years in a move to preserve and develop France’s couture know-how.
Terms of the Goossens deal were not disclosed.
Goossens, managed today by the founder’s son Patrick, is known for its handmade creations mixing precious metals with stones, leather, ivory, crystal, enamel and wood. Besides its signature brand, sold at its boutique on Avenue George V here, Goossens produces jewelry for a range of couture, ready-to-wear and accessory clients.