Jeffrey Banks

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Jeffrey Banks
Born (1955-11-03) 3 November 1955 (age 61)[1]
Washington D.C.
Nationality American
Occupation Fashion designer

Jeffrey Banks is a Coty Award winning fashion designer and author who has been described as a major black fashion maker.[2]

Early life[edit]

Banks worked as a design assistant to Ralph Lauren(1971–73) and Calvin Klein (1973–76).[2] He has claimed credit for Klein's logo garments, stating that he had the logo from a press folder silkscreened onto the sleeve of a brown T-shirt as a present for Klein.[3] The gift was assumed by Barry K. Schwartz to be part of the upcoming line, and similar shirts formed the uniform for the front-of-house staff at Klein's next catwalk show, leading to the buyers asking to purchase them.[3]


After leaving Calvin Klein, Banks launched his own-name label in New York City in 1977 according to his official website,[4] although some sources state 1978.[2] By 1996, suits, shirts, eyewear and accessories from Jeffrey Banks Ltd. and Jeffrey Banks International were being sold worldwide with sales of about $20 million.[5]


As an author, Jeffrey Banks has co-authored three fashion books with Doria de la Chapelle for Rizzoli, including a 2007 book on tartan,[6] and a 2011 book on the preppy style.[7] The second book led to Banks and de la Chapelle collaborating with Erica Lennard on Perry Ellis: an American original, the first in-depth monograph on Banks's former friend and colleague, the designer Perry Ellis, published in 2013.[8][9]


  1. ^ Martin, Richard; Diana Idzelis. "Jeffrey Banks - Fashion Designer Encyclopedia". Fashion Encyclopaedia. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Carney Smith, Jessie (2006). Encyclopedia of African American Business, Volume 1, A - J. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. pp. 293–294. ISBN 0313331103. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Manlow, Veronica (2009). Designing clothes : culture and organization of the fashion industry (1st pbk. ed.). New Brunswick, [N.J.]: Transaction Pub. p. 99. ISBN 9781412810555. 
  4. ^ "About Jeffrey Banks". Jeffrey Banks. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Gites, Lloyd (June 1997). "Breaking into the Fashion Biz". Black Enterprise: 277. 
  6. ^ Banks, Jeffrey; de la Chapelle, Doria (2007). Tartan: Romancing The Plaid. Rizzoli. ISBN 0847829820. 
  7. ^ Banks, Jeffrey; Chapelle, Doria de la (2011). Preppy : cultivating Ivy style. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 0847836614. 
  8. ^ McDermott, Emily (21 October 2013). "Perry Ellis and American Prep". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Banks, Jeffrey; Lennard, Erica; de la Chapelle, Doria (2013). Perry Ellis : an American original. Rizzoli. ISBN 0847840700.