Romantic Jill Stuart
Jill Stuart (born 5 January 1965) is a fashion designer. She sold her first collection of silver and leather chokers and suede fringed hobos to Bloomingdale’s at 15 while still attending Manhattan’s Dalton School. Jill later attended the Rhode Island School of Design
Stuart and Ronald Curtis, her husband and the CEO of her eponymous clothing company, traded Upper East Side classicism for downtown minimalism two years ago: a full floor in the Urban Glass House, a striking 12-story apartment building that was legendary architect Philip Johnson’s last project before his death. The sun-drenched space comfortably accommodates the couple and their daughters Morgan, 21; Chloe, 18; and Sophie, 13, with six bedrooms and five bathrooms, while more than six dozen floor-to-ceiling windows and a 2,000-square-foot terrace offer 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. “It’s very quiet up here, like an oasis,” Stuart says. “I love how I can look out the window and see the Statue of Liberty or relax in my bathtub and watch boats go by. That’s true peace.”
Launched in 1993, Jill Stuart’s eponymous line is said to have really taken off when pieces from the collection were used in the 1995 movie Clueless. The film featured many of the designs from her first sportswear collection fueling her notoriety and international appeal.
Today, JILL Stuart’s brand earns approximately $30 million annually in the U.S. but fares even better in Asia, grossing closer to $100 million. Stuart received major attention here in 2007 for using Lindsay Lohan as the first non-model celebrity in her ads.