Alexander Julian

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Alexander Julian
Born (1948-02-08) February 8, 1948 (age 66)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nationality American
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupation Fashion designer
Spouse(s) Meagan (?—present)[1]
Awards Coty Award
Labels Colours by Alexander Julian, Alexander Julian Private Reserve, Alexander Julian Home Colours

Alexander Julian (born (1948-02-08)February 8, 1948[2]) is an American clothing designer. He is most notable for his Colours clothing brand.

Early life[edit]

Born to Mary Brady[3] and Maurice S. Julian, Julian was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a childhood playmate of James Taylor.[4] His father, Maurice S. Julian (1916–1993),[5] was a clothier who opened the clothing store Julian's in 1942.[6] After working in his father's clothing store, he opened his first store in Chapel Hill, Alexander's Ambition, at age 19.[7][8] The store is now located on the north side of Franklin Street and is called Julian's.[9]


In 1973 Julian ran a quixotic campaign for Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen (town council) finishing fifth and out of the money.

Julian moved to New York in 1975 and founded Alexander Julian Company. He won five Coty Awards for design — the first before age 30 — and later won the Cutty Sark award three times.

In sports, Julian designed the uniform for the Charlotte Hornets when they joined the NBA,[10] and re-designed the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball uniforms. He created the trademark argyle pattern down the sides of the uniform, added bolder trim, and used different fabrics for the 1991-92 season upon Dean Smith's request.[11] He also designed the stadium seating for the Charlotte Knights baseball team in 1990.

In the early 1970s, Julian modernized traditional menswear with innovative new silhouettes and fabrics while introducing new colors and color combinations becoming the first American fashion designer to design his own cloth.[12] In 1981, he started a successful menswear clothing line called "Colours by Alexander Julian".[13] His textile design is part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection.[14] Later, he branched out to furniture and home furnishings, and in 2008 moved his furniture licensing to Vaughan-Bassett.[15]

Julian was the costume designer for The Player, in 1992.[2]


Julian is married to the former Meagan Mannell.[2] They have three children, and he has three children by previous marriages.[2]


  1. ^ Samantha Thompson Smith (2006-07-10). "Living in colours". News & Observer. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d Who's Who in America - 2008 (62 ed.). 2007. 
  3. ^ Sheryl Julian (1995-09-03). "Wearing well; Living with knockoffs - but in style;". Boston Globe. p. 65. 
  4. ^ Samantha Thompson Smith (2007-01-05). "What made Julian famous". News & Observer. Retrieved 2008-09-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Maurice Julian". 1993-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Julians: In Brief". Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  7. ^ Dudley Wright (2007-05-09). "Alexander Julian to help design local homes". Retrieved 2008-09-27. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Julian's: History". Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
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  10. ^ Frazier, Walt Clyde; Sachare, Alex (1998). Complete Idiot's Guide to Basketball. Alpha Books. p. 142. 
  11. ^ Adam Lucas (2008-12-02). "Lucas: UNC Basketball Mailbag". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  12. ^ "About Alexander Julian | Alexander Julian." About Alexander Julian | Alexander Julian. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2013.
  13. ^ name=30yrprofile
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  15. ^ "Alexander Julian License Moving to Vaughan-Bassett". North American Publishing Company. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 

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