Gripoix is one of the most ancient houses specializing in the manufacture of imitation and couture jewellery in Paris. Towards the end of the XIXth century Augustine Gripoix bought back the Gasse designer label dealing in the manufacture of glass pearls imitating real pearls. Since 1900, the greatest couture houses of the time (Worth, Paul Poiret, etc.) have ordered its imitation jewellery.
Since the 20s, the Gripoix atelier was practically monopolized by orders placed by Gabrielle Chanel. For her, Suzanne Gripoix adapted a mother-of-pearl technique applied on glass micro pearls. Likewise she used cast glass laid when hot processed as enamel in extremely fine glass mountings, thus ensuring full success of the Chanel accessories in Europe and in the United States.
As time goes by most of the fashion houses will appeal to studios Gripoix: Christian Dior, Fath, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gautier.
At the age of 82, Suzanne Gripoix only considered handing her workshop down to her daughter Josette Gripoix. Her son Thierry Gripoix-Caluwaerts replaced her in 1996.