Founded in 1930s London by Joseph Lyons, a silk supplier to the couture trade, and his wife Mary. Many of the early scarves were designed by Arnold Lever. Joseph died in 1938, after which the business was run by Alan Allan. His son Richard bought the Jacqmar label in the 1950s. He started producing his own Richard Allan range of scarves that were printed at ‘World of Silk’ David Evan’s silk printing works at Crayford in Kent. David Evans also printed for Liberty and Christian Dior. The Jacqmar label continued until the 1970s.