About Brunschwig & Fils
Achille Brunschwig established Brunschwig & Fils in 1900 as a tapestry-weaving mill in Aubusson and Bohain, France. Early in the twentieth century, the firm expanded its collection to include printed and woven silks and cottons from the finest European mills. Brunschwig soon enjoyed an international reputation for quality. By 1925, under the direction of Captain Roger E. Brunschwig, the founder’s son, the company opened showrooms in New York and other American cities.
In 1941, Captain Brunschwig joined General de Gaulle’s Free French Forces in London, leaving Zelina, his American wife, to direct the business. Mrs. Brunschwig – affectionately called Mrs. B – who had been a successful interior designer, joined the firm as a stylist, and found herself without French imports and, being forced to be innovative, she substituted parachute cloth for silk, unbleached muslin for linen, and found American mills to weave and print her designs, all to great acclaim.
Following the war, Roger Brunschwig, now a Colonel, returned to head the firm, which was again able to import fabrics from France and England to complement its American collection. Under Mrs. B’s leadership as design director, the company broadened its product base to include wallcoverings and trimmings.
In 1986, the company launched its first collection of upholstered furniture featuring timeless designs of exceptional quality that are suited to both residential and contract use.
Today Brunschwig & Fils is solely owned by Kravet Inc., the global leader and largest distributor of decorative textiles and furnishings to the design industry. Kravet will continue to develop the brand and maintain the highest level of quality products and customer service for this prestigious brand.