The 10 Oldest Fashion Houses Still in Operation

Nicole Kliest

Old things have always resonated with us. Ancient cities, storied culinary traditions, even vintage clothes—we’re big fans of them all. So when a recent conversation among a few Who What Wear colleagues led us to realize we didn’t know the founding dates of all of our favorite brands, we decided why not do a little research and share our findings with all of you? What we came upon was a treasure trove of historical images, tidbits, facts, and dates that admittedly gave us not only goosebumps but also a deeper appreciation of these long-lived labels. From Chanel all the way to Yves Saint Laurent, see below to brush up on your fashion history. Also, if the subject matter is particularly interesting to you, pick up a few of these suggested titles for a little reading.

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