Daniel Hechter was born in Paris, France, in a family who
owned a ready-to-wear company. As such, Hechter was brought
up in an environment sympathetic to fashion.
Hechter completed his secondary education and worked as a
storekeeper to a fashion house until 1955. By 1956, Louis
Féraud and Jacques Esterel were selling Hechter's designs,
and he worked for designer Pierre d'Alby from 1958. Hechter
founded the Daniel Hechter Company in 1962 with friend
Armand Ornstein. Hechter opened a boutique in 1962, and
became known for sporty casual wear. His stated goal
was to offer wearable yet high-quality, creative fashion for
a wide range of consumer groups. Over time he expanded his
company, developing it into an international label that
encompasses seven different collections. Brigitte Bardot
helped bring his designs to a wider audience when she wore
one of his outfits in La Parisienne. In 1966 he worked with
Scott Paper Company to make a dress out of nonwoven paper
achieving attention as an avant-garde work. He is one
of the first designers to produce clothing ranges for skiing
and tennis, in 1971. In 1989, he launched his first line of
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