In 1764 the King of France Louis XV granted the bishop of Metz to create a glass making establishment in Baccarat, which soon became the most prestigious crystal manufacturer worldwide, with clients such as the maharajas of Rajasthan, the Imperial House of Japan, the kings of Morocco or Arabia, the Tsars of Russia and the President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt. Passed down over the centuries, the vocation of Baccarat is to innovate in the fields of techniques and creation, focusing on constantly training its elite craftsmen; glassblowers, cutters and engravers whose talent today expresses itself with the same exacting standards of quality.
The crystal works boasts the largest concentration of “Meilleurs Ouvriers de France” (Best Workmen of France) in its field, with a number of 26.
Firmly rooted thanks to its exceptional heritage, Baccarat’s creativity is flourishing and exploring new fields.
In 1993, the brand launched into fashion and created a line of jewels followed by a collection of accessories and wristwatches. The creations of famous artists inspired by the magic of crystal such as Georges Chevalier, Andrée Putman, Ettore Sottsass, William Sawaya are the cornerstones which helped build the Art-de-Vivre collections.
Three thousand permanent references and two new collections a year in the jewels and home-decoration categories are displayed in its network of 47 owned stores and points of sale worldwide. Baccarat is perpetuating the image of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in the great French tradition beautifully illustrated by its new House in Paris created by Philippe Starck, opened in 2003.
Baccarat is owned by Groupe du Louvre which has four primary business activities: luxury hotels (Hotel de Crillon, Concorde Hotels & Resorts), budget hotels (Kyriad Prestige, Kyriad, Campanile, Premiere Classe), crystal manufacturer (Baccarat) and perfume house (Annick Goutal).