As consumers saw the economy rise and hope prosper after the years of turmoil brought on by WWII, Joseph Joanidy, an American veteran with a knack for entrepreneurship and innovation, found himself in post war France with the desire to provide quality products to those seeking the unordinary. In 1948, he launched the company that would eventually be known as CrookhornDavis under the name of the French American Group 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 travelled 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.