Albert-Pierre Raymond

The founder and the inventor
of the press-stud

1865

Founding act of the Maison RAYMOND, ALLEGRE & GUTTIN

Grenoble, glove-making capital of the world.
Albert-Pierre Raymond, a young 24-year old mechanic, Hippolyte-Benoît Allègre, an engraver, and Alexandre Guttin, a gilder, form a partnership to use the first patent for a glove fastener.

1868

The RG trademark

Hippolyte-Benoît Allègre leaves. The two partners Raymond & Guttin submit the RG trademark, seen to this day on ARaymond™ products.

1872

Invention of the helix hook for lace-up shoes

Raymond & Guttin's first success!

1875

The company is established at
113 Cours Berriat in Grenoble

With his fortune made, Albert-Pierre Raymond has the family home built there in the Art Nouveau style (A.Raymond Group's headquarters 100 years later), then a replica for his son Achille, in the Art Déco style.

1879

The company becomes a SCS
(Limited Partnership)

The legal status of co-entrepreneurs is chosen by Raymond & Guttin to protect and secure the future of the business. Still current in 2015, it demonstrates the Raymond family's commitment to entrepreneurship.

1886

Invention of the press-stud

Glove-makers are looking for a more practical system than the sewn-on button and buttonhole, whilst still keeping the look of a traditional button. Albert-Pierre Raymond invents the "new spring stud-fastener" or "press-stud".
Immediate global success.

1890

The A.Raymond Factory is created

Alexander Guttin sells his stake to Albert-Pierre Raymond. This transfer marks the birth of the A.Raymond Factory, a family business from that moment on.

It is the beginning of a line of heirs who will all be entrepreneurs and whose first names all begin with the letter A!

1898

Creation of the German subsidiary in Lörrach in the Baden region

To protect the intellectual property rights of the patents covering the invention of the press-stud, Achille Raymond is in charge of setting up the site in Germany with a close colleague, Louis Molinard, who will run the German company up until 1914.

1900

A successful start to the 20th century

Grand Prix at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris for the corozo press-stud "figurines".

1903

Invention of the spring turnstile

First steps into the automobile industry with shell and upholstery fasteners and especially the invention of the turnstile, the second invention to have global success.

1913

Death of Albert-Pierre Raymond

Tribute is unanimously paid to the man and the entrepreneur. The company now employs 400 people in Grenoble and 50 in Lörrach.

1914

Achille Raymond

The captain of industry
War, economic and social crises - he had to deal with it all.
To safeguard the business, he diversified production and
opened it up to new markets: the textile industry and the
automobile industry…