The Celine company began in Paris, France, in 1947 as a children's shoe store. Its product were expanded in the 1950s to include other leather goods and accessories, including perfume and cologne. During the 1960s Celine started offering women's ready.to-wear closthing. They launched a ready-to-wear collection in 1987 with trademarks such a small gold chain at the neck of a lady's blouse, horsebit on the front of the shoes, a a heel encircled in gold-toned metal detail. American fashion designer Michael Kors was named the first ever women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Céline in 1997. During his tenure at Céline, Kors brought modern femininity with a luxurious spirit. In 2004, he left the fashion luxury house to focus his career on his own brand.