Cacharel (b. 1932) was born Jean Louis Henri Bousquet, and now goes by Jean Cacharel. Cacharel went to Paris from his native Nimes in the 1950s. He had studied to be a tailor, but found making women’s clothing more to his liking. In the late 1950s he started the Cacharel line, and began making the product for which the company became known – women’s shirts. Along with designer Emmanuelle Khanh (who worked at Cacharel 1962-67), they developed what became THE shirt of the mid 1960s – a closely fitted shirt that was based on the traditional man’s shirt. In 1968, they began making these shirts from Liberty prints, and they were an immediate fashion hit.
In 2000, husband and wife design team Clements Ribeiro were hired as head designers for Cacharel, and in 2002, Celia Birtwell joined Cacharel as a fabric designer.
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com