After apprenticeships in the south of France and with Bianchini-Ferier in Lyon, Griffe went to Paris and worked for Mme. Vionnet from 1936-1939 in her suit atelier. He was known as her 'spiritual son'. Imprisoned during WWII, he worked briefly for Molyneux after the war, then opened his own house. He took over the maison and business of Molyneux when that designer retired in 1950. He was known for a mastery of cut and the bias learned at Vionnet's knee. He made beautiful coats and sumptuous evening gowns. He retired in 1974.