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|Born||New York, NY|
|Education||Dalton School, Rhode Island School of Design|
|Labels||Jill Stuart, Jill by Jill Stuart (Japan and Korea), Jill Jill Stuart (US)|
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.
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. Lynn Stuart also had her own higher end label, and became known for creating outfits for leading ladies such as Lucille Ball, Natalie Wood and Sheila MacRae.
Stuart sold her first collection to Bloomingdales by the age of 15 – suede hobo bags and silver and leather chokers. 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 Her eponymous label was launched in 1993 and included Skinclothes – a range of leather garments, such as slip dresses, kilts, jeans and jackets.
With a downturn in the US economy, Stuart began considering other outlets for her brand and found success in Japan, with locations in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, and concessions in some 70 outlets across the country. Later the brand 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.
Stuart's husband, the film producer Ronald Curtis, is CEO of her company and the couple live in SoHo, New York. One of their three daughters, Morgan Curtis, established the Morgan Lane brand of swimwear and lingerie in 2012 after working for her mother.
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