After spending her early 20s as the fashion editor of the German magazine Petra, Jil Sander opened her first boutique in 1967. The following year, Sander founded her eponymous label at just 25 years old. Although the designer’s upscale minimalist clothing was not very popular right away, it eventually caught on. In 1999, the Prada Group bought a 75 percent share in the company and Sander became creative director. After a few rocky years and disagreements with Prada’s chief executive Patrizio Bertelli, Sander left the company in 2004. Beloved Belgian designer Raf Simons took over as creative director of Jil Sander in 2005. In his time at Jil Sander, Simons walked the line of staying true to the signature Jil Sander look and making his presence with his own perspective. Sanders returned to her namesake brand as creative director in 2012 but left after three seasons, citing “personal reasons.” Italian designer Rudolf Paglialunga, former head of Prada womenswear, then took over as creative director of Jil Sander for three years and resigned. In 2017, married couple Lucie and Luke Meier took on the job as co-creative directors. Under the Meier’s, the brand has flourished, injecting modernism while preserving Sander’s own minimalism. The brand’s perfectly tailored pants are as covetable as ever.
Where is Jil Sander based?
The headquarters for Jil Sander is in Milan, Italy.
Who is the creative director of Jil Sander?
Lucie and Luke Meier are the co-creative directors of Jil Sander.
When did Jil Sander start her brand?
The Jil Sander brand was founded in 1968.