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ROLL CALL: Numerous fashion folk were awarded Legion of Honors Monday. Marie-Louise Grog, better known as Carven Grog, founder of the Carven fashion house, was named a commander of the French Legion of Honor. Shoe and accessory maker Robert Clergerie was made an officer, as was Nelly Rodi — founder of the eponymous trend tracking agency — and Agnès Troublé, (aka agnès b., of the fashion label of that name). Their names appeared on a list of beneficiaries published by the French government on April 12 as part of the country’s traditional Easter Day promotions.
Meanwhile, in recognition of their contribution to national culture, the French government will today decorate six artisans from across the luxury industry. Receiving the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres are Jean-Claude Weinacker, head of production at Baccarat; François Pigou, director of high-end jewelry development at Cartier; Louis Vuitton’s leather goods maker Jean-Michel Poiraud; Van Cleef & Arpels jeweler Jean Bourdillat, and Jacques Péters, who is cellar chief at Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Jacques-Philippe Bedou, head of fur quality at Christian Dior Couture, will be decorated with the higher rank of Officier des Arts et des Lettres. Christine Albanel, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, will decorate the craftsmen.