Henry Bertrand was a weaver in Lyon in France in the mid-19th Century. He started one of the most successful weaving companies specialising in Silk sheers and Lyon nouveautes. The creations can be seen in Museums around the world.
By the early 20th century, Henry Bertrand had four mills around Lyon and sales offices around Europe and America With the advent of man-made fabrics and the economic collapse of the late 1920s/early1930s the company went into decline and by 1963 all that was left was one mill and offices in Paris and London.
Apparently one of Henry Bertrand’s most succesful 1920s design – and now can be seen in the USA at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
By 1981 all that remained of the company was the office in London as the Mill and Paris office had been sold to another Lyon company. At this point, Fashion Entrepreneur, Edward Gilbert acquired the company as a new venture for him and his daughter, Katie Bercovitch, who at this time was a young Bridalwear Designer, recently graduated from the London College of Fashion.
Whilst the company was then concentrated in the fashion fabrics world they also sold Silk to Milliners, Scarf makers and Lampshade Makers. During the 1980s the company grew rapidly and again became the largest client for the successors of the original Henry Bertrand mills in Lyon and then also for the British Silk Mills, where they invested their designs, marketing and weaving experience. During this period, three other family directors joined the company, David Burke to head the Fashion Sales Ruth Gilbert, who left a legal career to head the purchasing and take care of errant customers and Andrew Gilbert, from the Automotive components world to head marketing.