Lucie and Luke Meier are the husband-and-wife duo behind Jil Sander , which they have reinvigorated through sharp and precise collections infused with touches of craft and femininity.
Lucie, from Switzerland, and Luke Meier, from Canada, met at the Florentine fashion school Polimoda — Lucie was studying fashion marketing at the school and Luke was on a six-month exchange to study tailoring while at Fashion Institute of Technology . Previously, Luke studied finance at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and business policy at Oxford University before attending FIT.
Following a chance meeting with James Jebbia , the founder of Supreme, Luke became the design director at the streetwear label — where he stayed for eight years — and co-founded OAMC in 2013, where he remains creative director. After Polimoda, Lucie went on to study fashion in Paris and then work at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga before she was appointed as interim creative director of Christian Dior with Serge Ruffieux between the tenures of Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri .
Jil Sander changed hands multiple times following the brand’s eponymous founder’s first departure in 2001 (German-born Sander took up the reins as creative director twice more after her initial departure). In 2017, Luke and Lucie Meier took over as joint creative directors from Rodolfo Paglialunga, who helmed the house for three years.
At the Milan-based house, they both work on womenswear, menswear and accessories. The couple debuted their designs at Jil Sander in the Spring/Summer 2018 shows, and is widely hailed for reinvigorating the brand with a modern and fresh touch, while maintaining the founder’s signature aesthetic. The brand currently has 40 stores and is stocked by the likes of Browns, Net-a-Porter and MatchesFashion.
Luke Meier’s OAMC debuted its first collection in Spring/Summer 2014 during Paris Fashion Week and, in 2018, had expanded at an average annual growth rate of 65 percent. It counts Barneys, Selfridges and IT in Hong Kong among its stockists.