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They met on a Spanish beach in 1969 and, a week later, John persuaded Monique to drive back to England with him. They have been exploring the world ever since, collecting treasures that have inspired the bags, belts and clothes of their 30-year-old brand.
After a three-week sejour in London, Monique returned to France. She and John continued to write letters to each other over the course of four years, before John arrived in Paris and asked her to move to the UK with him.
At the time, John was working as a photographer and Monique was a designer. In 1984 J&M Davidson was born after Monique picked up a studded dog collar and remarked that it would look good as a belt. They tracked down the factory and started making belts in bridle leather. Handbags and wallets followed, with ready-to-wear launched in 1994.
The couple have now been married for over 40 years, have stores in Japan and London, two daughters, and still regularly hit the road in search of inspiration.