Eileen Fisher, Inc. is an American women’s clothing retailer founded by a clothing designer of the same name. Her clothing is known for simplicity. She has sometimes used non-traditional models in print advertisements, including employees of the company.
Eileen Fisher grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, attended the University of Illinois, and moved to New York City in 1973. She worked as an interior designer and as a graphic artist before established her clothing business in 1984. She has two children, Zack and Sasha, and lives in Irvington, New York.
Eileen Fisher founded the company bearing her name in 1984 with just US$350. Her first order at a New York clothing designs show was worth three thousand dollars, followed three months with forty thousand dollars in additional sales.
In 2002 the company earned $144 million in revenue and in 2003 $154 million. As of 2003, 35% of Eileen Fisher clothing was manufactured in the United States while the rest was made in China in compliance with Social Accountability International’s SA8000.
The company now has 800 employees, consists of over 54 retail store and operates in fifteen states.Recently, Eileen Fisher, Inc. donated over $100,000 to various charities specifically focusing on improving the life of women “in the areas of wellness, financial independence, self-esteem and prevention of violence.”