What started as a act of love by Jeanne Lanvin for her daughter eventually became a fashion company for luxury goods based in Paris, France. Lanvin made attractive clothes for her daughter, Marie-Blanche de Polignac that a number of wealthy people who requested the same outfits for their own children and mothers. In the 1920s, Lanvin opened shops devoted to home decor, menswear, furs handbags, and lingerie. Being one of the most influential designers of the 1920s and 1930s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. In recent years, Lanvin's reputation in luxury grew, when in May 2009 when Michelle Obama was photographed wearing a popular line of Lanvin's sneakers made of suede with grosgrain ribbon laces and metallic pink toe caps while volunteering at a Washington, D.C. food bank.