Alice Temperley

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Alice Temperley
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Alice Temperley
Born (1975-07-22) 22 July 1975 (age 40)
Somerset, England
Nationality British
Education Strode College, Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Temperley London

Alice Temperley MBE (born 22 July 1975) is a British fashion designer based in London. Her fashion label, Temperley London was launched in 2000.[1]


Alice Temperley grew up in Somerset, on her parents' cider farm before moving to London to attend university. Temperley graduated from the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins before setting up her company, Temperley London, together with her then boyfriend (now husband) Lars von Bennigsen in 2000.[1] She is well known for her focus on beautiful fabrics and hand-finishes[2] and has been hailed as "the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion" by American Vogue.[1]

Temperley hosted her first fashion show in Notting Hill, London in 2003. In 2005 she moved her fashion shows to New York where she showed until 2011 (with the exception of the Spring Summer 2009 show in 2008 in London.[3]). In 2011 she returned to London for the brand's tenth anniversary show at the British Museum.[4] For four consecutive seasons, from 2009 to 2011, Temperley presented her collections via multimedia installations rather than traditional catwalk shows.[5][6][7]

Temperley London produce three lines; Temperley London, ALICE by Temperley and Temperley Bridal with 10 collections a year across the three lines, including Cruise and Pre Fall.[8]

Temperley Bridal launched in 2007. In spring of 2010 Temperley London launched a sister brand ‘ALICE by Temperley', targeted at a younger demographic and containing more affordable and casual pieces. ALICE by Temperley debuted at leading department stores around the world including Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Isetan and Net-A-Porter.[9]

Temperley has five stand alone boutiques; two in London- a flagship on Mayfair's Bruton Street and an occasion wear boutique in Notting Hill, as well as stores in Los Angeles, Dubai and Doha, Qatar. Additionally, Temperley London is sold in 300 stores in 37 different countries.[10]

Somerset by Alice Temperley, the designers first high street collaboration launched exclusively with British Retailer John Lewis in September 2012. The line is the fastest selling fashion collection in the department store's history.[11]

The company headquarters are based between Mayfair and Notting Hill in London.


Temperley has been awarded several times including English Print Designer of the Year in 1999 at Indigo, Paris as well as Elle Magazine Best Young Designer of the Year Award in 2004. She was named one of Britain's top 35 female business leaders in 2006 and Designer of The Year at the Hollywood Style Awards in 2011.[2][12][13][14]

Temperley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the fashion industry.[15]

Temperley was awarded 'Designer of the Year' at the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards.[16]

Wearers of her designs have included The Duchess of Cambridge, her sister Pippa Middleton, Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Eva Mendez, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Florence Welch, Demi Moore, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kate Beckinsale, Emma Watson and Scarlett Johansson.[17][18][19]


The company is privately owned and run by Alice Temperley and her husband and CEO Lars von Bennigsen.[3] In 2006 it was widely rumoured that Gucci Group were interested in buying a stake in the company. This was never confirmed nor denied by Temperley London.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Temperley is the granddaughter of the distinguished mathematical physicist Neville Temperley. She met her husband, Lars von Bennigsen in 1998, while working as a waitress.[21] They married in 2002 in a 20s-style wedding covered by the British edition of Vogue.[1]

In September 2008, five days after the Temperley London SS09 fashion show, Temperley gave birth to her first child, a son named Fox London Temperley von Bennigsen Mackiewicz.[22] In August 2014 it was reported that she was separated from her husband.[23]


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