In 1940, Jean-Marie Bonnefoy, the father of the current director Marc Bonnefoy, becomes a craftsman in a small town in Haute-Loire, Les Villettes, 30 minutes from Saint Etienne. At the time, his activity was focused on manufacturing suspenders and corsets before following a textile trend, which led him to making knitwear fabrics. In 1972, Marc Bonnefoy took over as general manager, after graduating from the Diderot textile school in Lyon. With this technical textile training, he perpetuates the know-how of knitwear and develops the creation of fashion accessories, scarves, stoles, beanies, berets, gloves, mittens, ponchos, to name but a few.
It was not until 1981 that Bonnefoy Créations was born... For a few years, the production was focused on winter sports accessories, mainly beanies. From 1997 onwards, Bonnefoy Créations takes an international turn, until then there was limited export and the company develops very rapidly all over the world. From that time onwards, it begins exporting its products not only to all European countries but also to Asia and America and is now present in some thirty countries. In 2011, Chloé, Marc Bonnefoy’s daughter, and the 3rd generation of the family, joined her father to take over the family business. A fresh perspective and an increasingly present dynamism allowing new horizons to be explored and continue this great and wonderful adventure.
MAISON BONNEFOY was founded in 2015. Chloé, the designer, offers a range of items created and made in France. Through her travels and encounters, she captures more or less distant inspirations to adapt them with a French touch. With experience working with major French brands, she has matured the project of developing a brand for the company in order to highlight all the creativity and historical know-how. The company is at a turning point with its new website which will allow its professional customers to order directly online worldwide.
MAISON BONNEFOY is also a family history! Chloé has always had it in her blood. Her whole childhood has been fashion and knitwear. She grew up in the workshop and now works with people who knew her as a child. So, during her studies, when she decided to take over the family company, she felt no fear, only a desire, a determination, a personal challenge. Well-qualified thanks to following a management programme, she became the first woman to head the family business.