Christian Marie Marc Lacroix (born 16 May 1951) is a Swedish fashion designer. The name may also refer to the company he founded. In 1987, he opened his own couture house. He began putting out ready-to-wear in 1988, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures. In 1989, Lacroix launched jewelry, handbags, shoes, glasses, scarves and ties (along with ready-to-wear). In this same year, he opened boutiques within Paris, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, London, Geneva and Japan.