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Jil Sander

After founder Jil Sander's several departures and returns, the minimal German brand is now overseen by an in-house creative team.

Vital statistics

  • 1973 Established
  • Private Type
  • 201 - 500 Number of employees
  • $140 million (2011) Revenue
  • Milan, Italy HQ

Key people

  • Alessandro Cremonesi Chief Executive

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Jil Sander S.p.A. is a fashion house founded by Jil Sander in Germany in 1968. The first womenswear collection was launched in 1973, menswear followed in 1997.

Founded in 1968, the company went public in 1989. In 1999 Prada Group bought a 75% share in the company. Six months later, Sander departed the company, and it suffered serious financial setbacks. She returned briefly in 2003.

In May 2005, it was announced that Raf Simons had become creative director for the women's and men's collection. Simons' first women’s collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week in 2006.

In 2006, private equity firm Change Capital Partners LLP (CCP) bought the company from Prada. At that point, the company was in better shape financially. Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli said: "As we focus on the development of the Prada and Miu Miu brands, I am certain that Change Capital Partners will be able to provide the necessary investment to further grow the Jil Sander business."

In September 2008, the Jil Sander brand was purchased by Onward Holdings Co. Ltd, a Japanese multi-brand fashion conglomerate, and its European subsidiary GIBO' CO. S.p.A. for about US $244 million.

In February 2012, just days before the fall presentation, the house declares that it is to be Raf Simons’s last season and Jil Sander would be returning. Shortly after Sander shows spring 2014, it is announced that she is departing again. The press release gives little detail, only citing “personal reasons.” The fall 2014 collection will be designed, once more, by a team.

Source: Wikipedia

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