Jill Stuart

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Jill Stuart
Jill Stuart-car portrait - reduced.jpg
Born New York, NY
Nationality American
Education Dalton School, Rhode Island School of Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Jill Stuart, Jill by Jill Stuart (Japan and Korea), Jill Jill Stuart (US)
Jill Stuart Fall-Winter 2010 show at New York Fashion Week

Jill Stuart is an American fashion designer based in New York City, where she has been operating since 1988. She established her eponymous label in 1993. She also has a significant international client base, particularly in Japan.

Early life[edit]

Stuart's parents George and Lynn Stuart worked in Manhattan's Garment District and created the label Mister Pants, which was an early creator of women's tailored trousers and trouser suits in men's fabrics.[1] Lynn Stuart also had her own higher end label, and became known for creating outfits for actresses including Lucille Ball, Natalie Wood and Sheila MacRae.[2][3]

Stuart attended Manhattan's Dalton School and later Rhode Island School of Design.[2]

Career[edit]

Stuart sold her first collection to Bloomingdale's by the age of 15 – suede hobo bags and silver and leather chokers.[2][3] She opened her first store in 1988, an Upper East Side boutique focusing on accessories such as belts and handbags. By 1990, her stoles, bags and fur accessories could be found in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman[2] Her eponymous label was launched in 1993 and included Skinclothes – a range of leather garments, such as slip dresses, kilts, jeans and jackets.[3][4]

Items from her collection appeared in the 1995 movie Clueless.[5] The following year, Stuart's designs were stocked by Bloomingdales stores on the US east and west coasts.[2]

From the mid 1990s, Stuart began opening stores in Japan, including branches in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, and concessions in some 70 outlets across the country.[2] Later the brand was sold in South Korea. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan was photographed by Mario Sorrenti as the face of the brand in Japan, becoming the subject of some controversy.[6][7]

The brand is reported to have annual sales of around $30 million in the US, plus Asian sales of nearly $100 million.[5] Customers include Hilary Swank, Kate Bosworth and Leighton Meester.[8]

Family[edit]

Stuart's husband, the film producer Ronald Curtis, is CEO of her company and the couple live in SoHo, New York.[8] One of their three daughters, Morgan Curtis, established the Morgan Lane brand of swimwear and lingerie in 2012 after working for her mother.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pants are here to stay: styled to go everywhere". Schenectady Gazette. 25 September 1968. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. "Stuart, Jill". Fashion Encyclopedia. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Runway designers: Jill Stuart". Elle. 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jill Stuart opens Skinclothes line". WWD: Women's Wear Daily (Vol. 166 Issue 102). 24 November 1993. p. 8. 
  5. ^ a b "Label overview: Jill Stuart". NY MAG. 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Memo Pad: B-Day... New Face... Break Room...". Women's Wear Daily. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Widdicombe, Ben (12 June 2007). "Losing yen for Lohan?". New York Daily News. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Shi, Jim (2014). "At Home with Jill Stuart". Elle Decor. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Friedlander, Ruthie (22 April 2014). "Like mother like daughter: Jill Stuart and Morgan Curtis". Elle. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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