Alice + Olivia

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Alice + Olivia is a New York, New York-based contemporary clothing company with designer, Stacey Bendet, at the helm. The global brand launched at Barneys in 2002 and is now sold in over fifty countries.[1]

History[edit]

alice + olivia is owned by University of Pennsylvania alumna Stacey Bendet. Her desire to make "a trouser sexy," or "the focus of an outfit" led her to launch a 20-item collection at the Russian Tea Room in 2002. alice + olivia pants gained immediate popularity due in part to their mindful design. The pants are all cut slim at the hip to create the illusion of elongated legs and a lean silhouette. [2] The main inspiration for the brand was Stacey's love of music, art, culture, and vintage fashion, and from the women around her. The brand has since grown to a full lifestyle brand collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and a newly launched collection of handbags. [3]

About Stacey Bendet[edit]

Full-time CEO and Creative Director Bendet is also a wife and mother of two. She is a member of the CFDA, the board of trustees of NY-based Baby Buggy, a foundation who provides essentials for children of families in need, and she also supports Ronald McDonald House, which offers assistance to the families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. She is also a member of the board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater.

A devoted Ashtanga yoga student who practices daily, Bendet loves vintage stores and flea markets, traveling and spending time with her husband Eric Eisner and their two daughters. Stacey splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. [4]

Locations[edit]

The alice + olivia boutiques are designed by Bendet herself.

The brand has 13 US freestanding boutiques in New York, California, Chicago and Connecticut [5] It can also be found at over 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and Galeries Lafayette, as well as prominent web retailers including Net-a- Porter and Shopbop.

The brand also recently debuted 7 international free-standing stores. In partnership with The ImagineX Group at the prestigious ifc mall in Central, Hong Kong, Gateway in Harbour City, Breeze Center in Taipei, and Ion Orchard in Singapore.[6] In partnership with Look Inc. in Japan in Tokyo’s Omotesando district.[7] In partnership with The Chalhoub Group in the Mall of Emirates in Dubai and in partnership with The Al Ostoura Group in the Avenues Mall in Kuwait.

Celebrity endorsement[edit]

Celebrity fans of the brand include Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dakota Fanning and Angelababy. Celebrities seen wearing alice + olivia clothing include Katharine McPhee, Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Megan Fox and Hilary Duff.[8][9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official site