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1876

At the end of the 19th century, the company that was later to become Chantelle is founded.
At that time, women’s figures were still tightly corseted to enhance their curves.

1878

The company showcases innovation by creating the first elasticized fabrics stretchable in two directions, opening up new possibilities for innovative corset makers…

1902

Maurice Kretz launches the fist girdles made of those stretchable fabrics, it is an immediate success!

1920

Released from the corset, the urchin silhouette gains its freedom.

1949

The Chantelle Brand is born and the slogan “Chantelle,the girdle that never rides up” becomes famous in the 1950s.

1955

Fifties, birth of the New Look silhouettes, wasp waists and atomic breasts...

1960

With the beginning of ready-to-wear fashion, Chantelle launches its first bras under the direction of Claude Kretz.

Claude Kretz, founder of the Chantelle brand, and his father (to the right), Jean Kretz, inventor of the “Kretz tulle”.

1961

In order to succeed in this new and ambitious project, the company hires an “abrasive” British corset maker, “Miss Hadley”, whose secrets are passed on from generation to generation.

1962

Chantelle opens its first factory in Epernay, Champagne region in France.It is still operational today. The first office outside of France is opened in Düsseldorf (Germany), the start of Chantelle’s international expansion.

1970

The launch of the “Fete” collection, made of Calais lace will rapidly become a bestseller with over 1 million units in sales a year for many years.

1972

The launch of a major innovation: the “Defi” collection, the first seamless bra with molded cups providing real support.

1982

Chantelle listens to working women who are looking for a new seduction.

1993

An American subsidiary is established in New York, which starts the brand’s international expansion outside of Europe.

As the fashion in bras returns to women showing more cleavage, Chantelle combines this trend with a message on quality in the ad campaign “It may be a detail, but it’s a Chantelle”.

2004

Chantelle confirms its place as the world’s leader in high-end French lingerie with its wide product offerings and ad campaign: “Chantelle, Paris dresses women of the world”.

2007

Stephanie Seymour, photographed by Peter Lindbergh

2010

Chantelle is the first Lingerie Brand to enter the well-known artistic world of the Assouline Publishing.

2011

A sculpted figure with enhanced curves: Chantelle reinvents the girdle and creates Sexy Shaping.

As the world leader in French Lingerie, Chantelle’s success comes from innovative for women in search of elegance and well-being.