M+F Girbaud’s designer Marie-Thérèse Bachellerie (Marithé) has been awarded the prestigious “Légion d'honneur” and “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” in France. In 1986, Marithé established together with her husband François the brand M + F Girbaud and went on to become pioneers in the sportswear and premium denim market. They are best known for their innovative techniques and washes, such as the dropped-crotch “diaper” pant.

—Tina Heindel