Joseph is a fashion brand and retail chain that was established in London by Moroccan entrepreneur Joseph Ettedgui and his family in 1972.
History of the brand
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The Joseph brand grew from a small shop attached to a hairdressing salon in King's Road, Chelsea, owned by Casablanca-born Joseph Ettedgui and his brothers Maurice and Franklin, to more than 20 London stores, with eight additional outlets in New York and Paris plus stores in Leeds and Manchester.
Joseph Ettedguiâs love of fashion meant the brothers began displaying designer clothes in their hair salon in the 1960s, including the work of pioneering Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. The success of this early collaboration led to a move into fashion retailing, with the first store opening below the Chelsea hair salon in the early 1970s and the first large-scale retail outlet opening on Sloane Street in 1979.
Joseph stores championed the work of many up-and-coming designers, including Margaret Howell, Katharine Hamnett, John Galliano and Azzedine AlaÃ¯a. Own brand clothing began with distinctive knitwear (Joseph Tricot) and went on to include womenâs clothing, perfume, homewares (Joseph Pour La Maison), and Joe's restaurants. Joseph has been the recipient of a number of British Fashion Awards, including Knitwear Designer of the Year four times between 1990 and 1994 and a British Fashion Award in 2000 presented by Cherie Blair.
The stores were as distinctive and influential to the UK retail scene as the clothes in them. Joseph was among the first to combine a restaurant and shop in one space. The Sloane Street store has a Joe's Restaurant on site and the Brompton Cross store has a Joe's Restaurant across the road. The Sloane Street, Knightsbridge flagship store was opened in 1979, and was designed by acclaimed architect Norman Foster. Joseph also collaborated with other architects and designers â" including Eva JiricnÃ¡ and AndrÃ©e Putman â" on its retail and restaurant projects.
Further development of the brand
In 1999 the Ettedgui brothers sold a majority share of the business to Belgian financier Albert FrÃ¨re, and a minority interest to LVMH.
In 2005 the brand was sold to its licensee in Asia, Onward Kashiyama. There are currently more than 80 branches and department store concessions around the world, including in Taiwan, South Korea and Russia.
Between 2009 and 2012 Joseph renovated a number of its stores both in the UK - including Brook Street, Old Bond Street, Sloane Street and Westbourne Grove - and in France, including St Germaine and Avenue Montaigne.
In 2011 the company opened its first store in Moscow, and in 2012 opened a store in Los Angeles. In 2013 the company opened stores in Beirut and New York City.
In 2013 Joseph announced that it would be appearing at London Fashion Week in February 2014, with five of its designers creating product for the catwalk show. It also appeared at London Fashion Week in autumn 2014.
The autumn/winter 2015 Menswear Collection received press coverage from fashion trade paper WWD.
- Joseph UK
- List of published reference material about Joseph Ettedgui and Joseph brand from Fashion Encyclopedia
- Timeline of the brand from Fashion Review
- Example of 1980s Joseph Tricot sweater in V&A fashion archive collection