|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Products||Women's Premium Denim, Men's Premium Denim, Ready-To-Wear|
Number of employees
J Brand (also known as J Brand Jeans) is a Los Angeles-based men's and women's premium denim and fashion company. In 2012, Fast Retailing became a majority partner, having J Brand join Theory & Helmut Lang as major acquisitions by the Japanese retail holding company.
J Brand was co-founded by Jeff Rudes in 2004 on the premise of creating the perfect fitting jean that was classic, sophisticated and timeless. In 2005, J Brand officially launched at the Ron Herman Melrose Denim Bar in Los Angeles, California.
Women's Premium Denim
At its inception, the company only offered women's premium denim to fill a market need for a fashion skinny. Rudes filled the void with J Brand's 811 Skinny, and their minimalist, no embellishment take on this silhouette was an instant hit. However, their most famous skinny is the Houlihan Cargo Pant, named for the M*A*S*H character Hot Lips Houlihan and originally perceived as a novelty item. The novelty item ended up being a revolutionary piece as Frank Doroff, Vice Chairman of Bloomingdales department stores explained it was their "best selling pant", selling thousands. J Brand sold more than 300,000 pairs.
J Brand has actively worked with fashion designers such as Christopher Kane, Henry Duarte, Erdem, Meadham Kirchoff, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, and Proenza Schouler. In 2010, J Brand collaborated with Kane, Erdem, Kirchoff, Meadham and Nicoll to launch 5 x 5, and allowed each designer to create their vision of J Brand. Jeff Rudes, CEO, explained, "Our mission is to be a fashion leader that is making a difference; the project will help protect future young designers through the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, the London organisation that provides business guidance and mentoring for emerging fashion design talent".
They have also worked with Creative Director Karl Templar and photographer Craig McDean for their Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 ad campaigns.
Acquisition by Fast Retailing
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