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Paris has been an international capital of haute couture since the 19th century, especially in the field of haute couture, hand-made clothing for private customers. It houses some of the largest fashion houses in the world, including Dior and Chanel, as well as many famous fashion designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christophe Josse and Christian Lacroix. Paris Fashion Week, taking place in January and July at the Carrousel du Louvre and in other cities, is one of the four most important events on the international fashion calendar, such as fashion weeks in Milan, London and New York. Paris is also home to the largest cosmetics company in the world, L'Oreal, and three of the top five luxury fashion accessories manufacturers: Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Cartier. Most major fashion designers have their showrooms along the Avenue Montaigne, between the Champs-Elysées and the Seine.