The Gerard Darel fashion house was founded in the early 1970s by Gerard and Danièle Gerbi.
Using muses that are the very embodiment of refinement and elegance, such as Christy Turlington, Brooke Shields, Stephanie Seymour and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the French brand offers timeless fashion featuring sophisticated, modern and stylish designs. The banner now has a network of 310 points of sale in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, North America and China. In July 2008, Advent International together with the group’s founders and management acquired the company through a leveraged buy-out. Mezzanis supported the deal as lead arranger of €35 million in mezzanine financing.