Eileen Fisher

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Eileen Fisher
Born (1950-06-06) June 6, 1950 (age 65)
Residence Irvington, New York, United States
Education University of Illinois
Occupation Entrepreneur and fashion designer
Known for Founding eponymous clothing company
Children Two

Eileen Fisher (born June 6, 1950) is an American clothing designer and founder of the women's clothing brand, Eileen Fisher, Inc. Fisher's designs are characterized by simplicity, and her company is known for using non-traditional models in its print advertisements, including its own employees.


Fisher grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, the second of six children. When Fisher decided to go to college, her dad explained they could not contribute to her tuition because they needed to save their money to send her younger brother to college as 'he would need an education to support his family some day.' Eileen explained in an interview to Inc in 2013: "It didn't upset me -- it was the times. I never expected a penny from my parents. I paid my way through the University of Illinois working as a waitress." [1] She started as a math major before switching to interior design. Ms Fisher moved to New York City in 1973.[2][3] She worked as an interior designer and as a graphic artist before establishing her own fashion business inspired by style and longevity of the classic kimono. She has two children, Zack and Sasha, and lives in Irvington, New York.[4]


Eileen Fisher
Privately held company
Industry Retail
Genre Fashion
Founded 1984; 31 years ago (1984)
Founder Eileen Fisher
Headquarters Irvington, New York, United States
Number of locations
Products Clothing
Number of employees
Website eileenfisher.com

Eileen Fisher Inc. is an American privately held company founded by Fisher in 1984 with just US$350.[5] Her first order at a New York clothing design show was for $3,000, which was followed three months later with $40,000 in additional sales.[5] She opened her first retail store in 1986, on East 9th Street in Manhattan.

In 2002, the company earned $144 million in revenue and in 2003 $154 million.[5][6] As of 2003, 35 percent of the company's clothing was manufactured in the United States while the rest was made in China in compliance with Social Accountability International's SA8000.[6]

The company has over 800 employees[when?] with over 56 retail stores in fifteen states.[3] In 2011, the company expanded outside the U.S., opening its first Canadian store in Vancouver, British Columbia and projecting the opening of two stores in London, England, in October 2012.[2]

Fisher's company emphasizes sustainability—with 70% of the cotton used in its clothing sourced from organic cotton. In order to fabric and fiber waste, the company started a recycling program. Customers donate their gently used Eileen Fisher Clothing in return for a $5 gift certificate per article. After dry cleaning, the garments are resold—with the income funding business grants for women and leadership programs for young women.[7][8]

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