La maison Françoise Montague has been recognized and respected in the world of haute couture costume jewelry since the late 1940’s. With a loyal clientele of top fashion boutiques around the world, plus a wonderful shop off the fashionable Rue Saint-Honore in Paris, Françoise Montague’s classic, yet stylish collections are worn by top stars, royalty and women in the know.
Besides being acknowledged as a top creator of haute couture costume jewelry, the company has also developed fashionable lines of designer pieces that appeal to a younger, yet no less demanding clientele. Widely appreciated for their sublime style, the atelier’s pieces are handmade using such diverse materials as color rich resin, iridescent glass beads, Swarovski crystal, pearls, and rhinestones. Necklaces, brooches, earrings and rings in luminous colors and classic floral motifs are typical signature pieces created at the original Parisian workshop.
A Brief History of the House of Françoise Montague
Originally founded in the late 1940’s; Françoise Montague took over the De Saurma jewelry workshop, began by her mother in 1945. Within a few years she developed the reputation for designing fashionable jewelry that combined the styles of the day with a classic elegance. The firm quickly became appreciated for its classicism and consistency in its couture style, including its collarette necklaces made with lots of enamel and Bohemian crystal beads as well as magnificent clip on earrings.
Françoise Montague soon became featured in major fashion magazines and the began to attract many major French boutique’s and fashion houses including Nina Ricci and Frank et Fils. As the company began to expand in the fifties and early sixties, it moved from the French market to Europe, the United States and Asia with both critical and financial success.
On October 1961, she was awarded the Grand Prix des Creations de Bijouterie Fantaisie at the exhibition and catwalk show of the Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie de l’Orfevrerier de Fantasie.
Françoise Montague Today
In 1978 a young designer named Marion Stern learned that Françoise Montague was looking for a protégé to take over the firm. Encouraged by her father who himself was in the jewelry business, Marion (then only 20 years old) took over the company and has since raised the brand Françoise Montague to the next level. She seamlessly took over the operations and never looked back, moving the company to new markets while respecting the pedigree of the maison Montague.
Madame Stern still creates and manufactures her high end, spectacular pieces in her workshop at 231, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, where she also has a well known boutique with a loyal international following.