Joseph Joanidy, an American veteran with a knack for entrepreneurship and innovation, found himself in France post WWII with the desire to provide quality products to those seeking the extraordinary. Encouraged by the rise in not only the economy but also hope, he launched the company French American Group in 1948. Through a partnership with Mr. Patrice Bayon, owner of the L'Aiglon belt factory in Angers, French American Group imported fine men’s accessories and sold them under the brands of L’Aiglon and Dore’ Dore’. Determined to make his brand known throughout Europe, Joanidy traveled from Paris, to Milan, and everywhere in between to ensure French American Group’s products were found in high-end retailers such as Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 1978, French American Group, now known as CrookhornDavis, began manufacturing belts in New York City while also importing the finest finished product from France and Italy. During this time, CrookhornDavis designed exclusive belts for some of the best menswear stores nationwide as well as producing private label brands for American designers like Coach, Boston Traders, and Joseph Abboud.
In 2016, CrookhornDavis became part of the Phoenix Leather Goods family of brands. PLG began selling products on Amazon.com and launched CrookornDavis.com in order to carry on the CrookhornDavis tradition of appealing to modern men who are looking for exceptional quality and stand-out products.