Our History

Since its founding in 1985, SHAN specializes in the creation and design of high end resort wear and, more particularly, of haute couture swimwear. Designer Chantal Levesque brought resort wear fashion to a new level with her exclusive and original creations, thereby meeting the demands of a forgotten market. Every SHAN creation is manufactured in the Laval workshops, near Montreal.

Following an almost instantaneous success, SHAN crosses the American boarder in 1989 and participates in the world’s largest swimwear show, The Miami Swimshow, and wins over an eager public. In the early 1990s, SHAN presents its collection for the very first time at Mode City’s Salon international de la lingerie et du swimwear (International Lingerie and Swimwear Show) in France. SHAN conquers European markets and makes its entry in prestigious retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), Le Printemps (Paris) and Harrod’s (London). With a growing success and notoriety, SHAN was able to establish precious business relations with many international partners and distributors. The versatility and the particular structure of its collections represent a great advantage to adapt to the demands of various markets without having to neglect the design and quality of the products.


In the following years, SHAN opens new flagship stores in Montreal and Toronto. SHAN establishes itself as a true reference in resort wear fashion and continues to intensify its presence on the international scene. In 2008, SHAN opens its very first flagship store in on American soil at Miami Beach. With all its expansion projects, SHAN moves to a brand new location in Laval bringing together under the same roof the design, the production and the management departments.


Four new flagship stores are added to the growing list of points of sale. Stores open their doors in the province of Quebec, in Brossard and in Mirabel, and the province of Ontario, in Woodbridge and in the United States in East Hampton, New York.


SHAN’s success has been recognized multiple times through numerous awards such as the award of the Meilleur Créateur de l’Année de Paris Capitale de la Création (Best Designer of the Year from Paris, Design Capital) presented by Mode City. With its impressive international distribution network of 600 prestigious retail locations in 30 countries and with its eight flagship stores, SHAN continues to conquer the world by pushing the boundaries of resort wear fashion.