Simple, tasteful, timeless. Since 1984, American designer Eileen Fisher has been designing well-made basics that make getting dressed easy (and understatedly chic) for real women everywhere. Styled in austere neutrals, the line is wearable, washable, and meant to be mixed and matched, seasonlessly – with silhouettes that never go out of style.
The label's namesake founder and current Chief Creative Officer was born in Des Plaines, in 1950. Fisher started her label with just $350 in the bank. Just over 20 years later, with enormous success, instead of going public, she sold her Irvington, New York-based company for $300 million to her 875 employees through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
The company produces 20% of its clothing in New York and Los Angeles, and 70% of the cotton used is organic, and many of the garments are undyed, or use chemical-free dyes. The company's recycling program is designed to help reduce fiber waste, by encouraging customer donations of gently used EF Clothing for a $5 gift certificate per piece, after which the garments are resold with profits dedicated to women's business grants and youth leadership programs.