Third generation of cutler family story


  

Mariage de Gabriel GOYON et Solange CHAZEAU

October the 10th, 1953… If we want to give a birth date to GOYON-CHAZEAU’s name, it would be the date of Solange CHAZEAU and Gabriel GOYON’s wedding.

Just married, the young couple combines his two family names to offer at home polishers services, to the many cutlery factories established in Thiers city area, the French capital for cutlery.

Gabriel and Solange, the "GOYON-CHAZEAU", specialize themselves gradually in the high-end cutlery. Nevertheless, in order to distinguish and specialize themselves face to the multitude of cutler workshops of Thiers labor pool, they complete their polishing know-how by the mastering of stainless steel welding.

Recognized for the quality of their work, the most important cutleries entrust them their big account orders.

Thus, blade after blade, knife after knife, their activity grows ... and so does their family with the birth of their son Denis in 1956.

Denis grows between blades and handles. Sometimes, and then more and more often, he helps his parents and he finaly ends up being taken in turn by the knife passion. He officially joins the cutlery workshop in November 1973.

With six hands and with an ever increasing activity, the workshop becomes too small. The couple then decides to build a small factory beside their house and creates, on December the 30th, 1975 the company Ets GOYON-CHAZEAU.

Coutellerie GOYON-CHAZEAU - Workshop

In this period of prosperity for French cutlery and silversmithing, the small company is essentially subcontractor for major companies of the time such as Martial Soucille, Etablissements Rimbert, Besset Laroche, Francois Frionnet and Couzon.

Denis, who managed to convince his wife to join the company in 1978, benefits from this contact with major brands and their requirements to perfect his training.
His parents finally leave him GOYON-CHAZEAU’s management, in October 1988.

But times are changing and low-cost knives and cutlery imported from Asia are appearing on the French market. The world of tableware is upset and its business encounters many difficulties.

Denis and Christine quickly understand that it is necessary to diversify the activity. They will then think about the development of their own products that they will market under their brand.

So, in 1992, they create the first GOYON-CHAZEAU stainless steel Laguiole knife. Marketed through a wholesaler, the knife quickly meets with resellers. No more is needed to convince Denis that he has to develop his own brand.

In 1994, he launches a fully forged range of Laguiole table knives and in 1995 introduces his first version of the
Le THIERS® knife in a stainless steel forged version.

With this small catalog, the couple starts prospecting and participates in the first Maison & Objet trade show in Paris.

Denis Goyon Coutelier

In the early 2000s, Denis returns to creation and imagines a new knife, the Styl'ver®, whose name and shape, inspired by the hand palm, will be commended by the profession.
He will further expand its range by creating pocket knives and kitchen knives.
The brand strengthens its team, extends its territory to all France and is also developing internationally. 

 

Logos GOYON-CHAZEAU

The company welcomes the third generation in the following decade.
The daughter of Denis and Christine, Magali, starts commercial studies with the aim of taking over the family business. She helps them to develop internationally by participating, alongside them, in foreign trade shows.

In 2011, caught by the family aspiration, and with 13 years of experience in sales, Vincent Soucille, Magali’s husband, takes the commercial development of the company.

He will be joined in 2017 by Magali who takes over from his father and becomes President of Etablissements GOYON-CHAZEAU.

Her aim ? Make the family business a national and international must-have reference of the made in France knives quality!

The company welcomes the third generation in the following decade.
The daughter of Denis and Christine, Magali, starts commercial studies with the aim of taking over the family business. She helps them to develop internationally by participating, alongside them, in foreign trade shows.

In 2011, caught by the family aspiration, and with 13 years of experience in sales, Vincent Soucille, Magali’s husband, takes the commercial development of the company.

He will be joined in 2017 by Magali who takes over from his father and becomes President of Etablissements GOYON-CHAZEAU.

Her aim ? Make the family business a national and international must-have reference of the made in France knives quality!

Famille Goyon-Chazeau, 2ème et 3ème générations

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