The amazing tale of Christophe Phillip Oberkampf
The amazing story of Christophe Philippe Oberkampf is a tale of human endeavor, artistic sensitivity, and entrepreneurial success. In a tumultuous era, when France lurched from monarchy, to revolution, to empire, Oberkampf’s quest for technological perfection, combined with his incredible work ethic and managerial skills produced an enterprise whose reputation was unsurpassed. Much like today’s Haute Couture houses, he diversified his production to attract customers ranging from Queen Marie Antoinette and ordinary middle-class women, offering the finest of luxury cottons as well as affordable fabrics. Considered by many to be the father of the French luxury goods industry, Oberkampf understood how to balance exquisite manual craftsmanship with the most innovative production techniques.