Pierre Cardin is an Italian-born French fashion designer best known for his geometric avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. Pierre Cardin founded his fashion house in 1950 in Paris. His brand expanded rapidly, even into areas like the Far East. He became one of the first Western designers to seek out Eastern influences and was an honorary professor at the Japanese fashion school 'Bunka Fukusoi'. Throughout the 60s and 70s, the Pierre Cardin brand was leading the way in fashion; he was one of the first to combine the ‘mini’ and ‘maxi’ skirts of the 60s and introduced the ‘mod chic’ trend of the 70s. In the decades since then, the Pierre Cardin fashion house has grown into an empire. Cardin has licensed large numbers of diverse products to carry his famous initials. Some of these products include key chains, kitchenware, and soft furnishings such as towels and rugs.