Husband and wife Ingie and Patrick Chalhoub have been presented with the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The knighthood was presented by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Mrs. Chalhoub is the creative director and founder of fashion house Ingie Paris, which she founded in France in 2009. Since 2015, she has showed in Paris. The knighthood rewarded the couple’s inexhaustible work to promote French luxury throughout the Middle East and France.
“I am truly honoured to receive this high French distinction from the honourable Jean-Yves Le Drian. This decoration marks the realization of many years of passion, expressed through my work. I will continue to promote, endorse, and encourage the French “savoir-faire” and ensure that it continues to shine so brightly for many years to come,” Ingie Chalhoub commented. As Co-CEOs of the Chalhoub Group, the couple brought Chanel and Lanvin, among other luxury brands to the Middle East, and helped the companies set up and operate.
While the ceremony remained a very private affair, some notable guests included Morocco-born Sidney Toledano, the President of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and President and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group; he is also Knight of the Légion d’Honneur. Member of the European Union Rachida Dati was also in attendance with her daughter Zohra.