Belperron

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Born in 1900, Suzanne Belperron was hired by the renowned firm of René Boivin in March 1919, where she developed a unique style under the direction of her mentor, Jeanne Boivin. In 1933, Bernard Herz hired the young Suzanne to design exclusively under his name, Herz. Though trained in the style of Art Deco, Belperron created a daring new look hailed by the fashion press as both “brilliant” and “barbaric.” With an ever-expanding clientele of European royalty, café society and Hollywood movie stars, the 1930s were Belperron’s to enjoy. This came to an end in 1939 with the declaration of World War II. Her friend and boss, Bernard Herz, died in a concentration camp, forcing Suzanne Belperron to re-register the firm under her name in 1941. At the end of the war Bernard’s son Jean, a prisoner of war survivor, returned to Paris to resume the partnership. Once again the name was changed, this time to Herz-Belperron. She continued to work until her retirement in 1974 but consulted for special clients and friends until her death in 1983. Ward and Nico Landrigan, owners of Verdura, purchased the Belperron name and archives in 1999 and published an illustrated biography in 2016.

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