Jil Sander is a German fashion designer who was born Heidemarie Jiline Sander in 1943. She designs shoes, boots, dresses, clothing and accessories. Her first job in 1963 was working as an editor of a fashion magazine. Inspired to create her own designs, she opened her first boutique in 1968, but did not create the Jil Sander label until 1973.
Jil Sander favours simple, slim cut lines and quality fabrics, offering coordinates that can be mixed and matched. Her designs tend to be self coloured in neutral shades and cuts.
In 1999, Prada bought 75% of Jil Sander's company, although she remained the company's creative director and chaired the joint venture. However, the CEO of Prada wanted Jil to compromise on the slim styling of her designs and use less expensive fabrics. Jil, something of a perfectionist, refused to use cheaper materials and resigned from the company. The company did not flourish without her and in 2003 she surprised everyone by returning as the chief designer. Her subsequent new designs were well received by both the customers and the fashion world in general. In 2004, after again having some creative differences of opinion with the Prada CEO, she once again resigned. So since 2005, Jil Sanders clothing has been designed by Raf Simons. Prada sold the Jil Sanders brand itself to Onward, a Japanese company, in 2008.
Many celebrities wear Jil Sanders designs including Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Richie, Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth.
Bricks and mortar stores offering the Jil Sanders collection include Harrods and Havey Nichols. The Jil Sanders Boutique in London has closed but a new location is shortly to be announced.
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