Jil Sander (brand)

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Jil Sander
S.p.A. / division of holding company
Industry Retail, apparel and textile products[1]
Founded 1968/1973
Hamburg, Germany
Founder Jil Sander
Headquarters Milan, Italy[2]
Area served
Key people
Alessandra Bettari, CEO
Parent Onward Holdings Co. Ltd. (TYO: 8016)
Website jilsander.com

Jil Sander S.p.A. is a German luxury fashion house founded by Jil Sander. It is currently headquartered in Milan, Italy.

History of ownership[edit]

Founded by Jil Sander in 1968, the company went public in 1989.[3] The first womenswear collection was launched in 1973, menswear followed in 1997.[4][5] In 1999 Prada Group bought a 75% share in the company.[3][6] Six months later, Sander departed the company, and it suffered serious financial setbacks. She returned briefly in 2003.

In May 2005, it was announced that Raf Simons had become creative director for the women's and men's collection.[citation needed] Simons wanted to "strip it down so there was nothing that wasn't necessary".[7] Suzy Menkes, the principal fashion writer for the International Herald Tribune, said that some items in the collection "made exceptional pieces" but overall it "was not as strong as" before.[8] The Fall/Winter collection, however, received accolades from IHT.[9] Simons' first women’s collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week in 2006. The collection received a positive review from the Evening Standard[10] and the Los Angeles Times.[11]

Jil Sander store at Hamburg's Neuer Wall

In 2006, private equity firm Change Capital Partners LLP bought the company from Prada.[6][12] At that point, the Telegraph reported that the company was in better shape financially.[6] Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli said: "As we focus on the development of the Prada and Miu Miu brands, I am certain that Change Capital Partners will be able to provide the necessary investment to further grow the Jil Sander business."[13] Raf Simons remained creative director at Jil Sander.[14]

In September 2008, the Jil Sander brand was purchased by Onward Holdings Co. Ltd. (TYO: 8016), a Japanese multi-brand fashion conglomerate, and its European subsidiary GIBO' CO. S.p.A. for about US-$244 million.[15][16]


  • Jil Sander: 1968–2000, 2003–2004, 2012–2013[3]
  • Milan Vukmirovic: 2000–2003[3]
  • Raf Simons: 2005–2012[3]
  • Rodolfo Paglialunga: 2014-2017[3]
  • Lucie Meier and Luke Meier: since 2017[3]



External links[edit]

Media related to Jil Sander at Wikimedia Commons