French brand Zadig & Voltaire is a ready-to-wear fashion label established in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, the grandson of Andre Gillier and co-founder of Lacoste. The brand’s name was inspired by the Voltaire book, Zadig ou la Destinee. The Zadig & Voltaire style (jeans, boots and leather jackets) gained a solid reputation for accessible, high quality ready-to-wear and soon established a new meaning for ‘luxury’.
Zadig & Voltaire is enjoying undeniable success in the high end ready-to-wear sector. Luxurious fabrics such as cashmere, silk and leather are the signature of the brand. Zadig aims to embody a new luxury by giving fashion basics a playful and resolutely rock ‘n’ roll twist: a more affordable, stylish and laid-back luxury. The spirit of the brand is recognisable thanks to its distinctive style codes, timeless pieces and musthave cuts.
In 2003, Swedish designer Cecilia Bonstom became the brand’s creative director. She established the rock spirit and bohemian style of the labe’ls iconic torn t-shirts, and silky cashmere knits. In 2004, Zadig & Voltaire created a men’s collection, as well as a children’s collection later that year. For the Fall/Winter 2008-2009 collection, the brand launched Zadig & Voltaire Deluxe which is sold in limited editions, 30 designs for 300 items.