As a young man, Jacques Wayser worked in the family antique business. After meeting his American-born fashion-model wife, Henessy, the two decided to strike out on their own. Together, in 1981, Jacques and Henessy started French Heritage Furniture with a vision of creating a company that specialized in heirlooms for the future. Jacques leveraged his expertise in French furniture while Henessy infused the normally stodgy furniture world with the creative excitement of the fashion industry. His knowledge of handcrafted furniture coupled with her sense of style and her knowledge of the American market made them perfect partners. With the emphasis on using the finest material available, French Heritage Furniture creations are superior to other mass-produced furniture.