Style Files #2: Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher PhotosImage Sources: Telegraph, New Yorker, Shop Spring, Instagram (Eileen Fisher account,) Fashion & Style, Eileen Fisher website.

I remember first hearing about a designer named Eileen Fisher as a kid. My mom loved her designs, and would point them out whenever we were at a department store that carried her line. I never thought much about her clothes, other than to think, “Oh there’s that line my mom likes!” until this past year when I rediscovered Eileen’s work and style, and it resonated with me in a whole new way. Eileen Fisher’s efforts in ethics and sustainability in the fashion world stand out among an industry that tends to care more about profits over morals, and her fluid effortless designs have remained timeless for the 32 years her brand has existed. I love following the brand’s Instagram account because it shows you how incredibly fresh and modern the clothes look on women of all ages– when to we ever see such agelessness in the industry?

Fisher started her company in 1984 with just $350 dollars in her bank account. Her designs were based on simple shapes, and there were originally four in her collection. As the line expanded, the original thought of simple shapes remained the same. On the brand’s about page Eileen says:

“From the beginning, I’ve wanted EILEEN FISHER to be known for clothes you don’t have to think too much about. You put them on and know that they will give you the comfort, ease and elegance to move with confidence through your day.”

Eileen Fisher is well known as a brand for their efforts in sustainability. The brand is committed to recycling, to using organic materials, to human rights, and supporting women and girls. I’ve never run across a brand with so much to say about their actual practices, and it’s a breath of fresh air. On the subject of social responsibility Eileen says:

“We want to make nothing but love the result of the work that we do. “

Eileen’s personal style and the brand’s aesthetic seem to overlap a lot. Flowing fabrics and shapes, neutral colors, and classic lines combine to create a minimal look that feels oh so chic. Boxy tops, slim line trousers, and streamlined footwear are common pieces that are combined.

Read more about Eileen Fisher, and see their beautiful current collection on their website!

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