A literature and applied arts graduate who spent seven years as an assistant at various fashion design studios, Christophe Lemaire founded his namesake brand in 1991 following four years working alongside Christian Lacroix. In 2000, he was appointed artistic director of Lacoste and restored the brand’s iconic image in the space of just a decade. In June 2010, he assumed artistic direction of Hermès women’s prêt-à-porter, a position he held for four years. He now focuses his efforts on his own brand, which was renamed Lemaire in 2014. Christophe Lemaire also serves as artistic director of the Uniqlo R&D center in Paris and designs the Uniqlo U line.