Recently, my daughter worked as a dresser for a fashion show featuring clothing by Eileen Fisher. While we were talking about the show, she told me about the clothes — how they were made, the contemporary styling, the great looks — she suggested, “Why don’t you write about it in your blog? Her clothes have classic lines and would be great for working professionals as well as women wanting to dress in contemporary styles without dressing like teenagers.” At her urging, I began researching Eileen Fisher, the woman and the company, and, I must say, I came away from my computer quite impressed.
Eileen Fisher, an interior and graphic designer, had a problem. She was frustrated because she could not find the kind of clothes she wanted to buy. She decided to do something about it. As she says on her website,
” In my mind I kept seeing these simple shapes for clothes. I knew they had to be beautiful colors, great fabrics and have certain shapes and proportions that worked together. This was my “aha” moment: a system of dressing that I’d been looking for ever since I abandoned my Catholic school uniform back in Des Plaines, Illinois.”
Although not a sewer, she knew how convey her designs to a seamstress. With $350.00 in the bank and four designs, she started her company in 1984. Today Eileen Fisher, Inc. employs 900 people and has 58 retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
However, Eileen Fisher, Inc., is about more than fashion. It is a company that cares about sustainability, human rights, and the environment. In addition, it is a company built on the principle of giving women the tools to feel good about themselves. Now, that’s a principle I can get behind.
EILEEN FISHER, INC