Marie’s jaw dropped to the floor, when her future husband handed her their first order for 200 knit dresses. The sample had been made on a whim, and she had hoped the store would order 20 - maybe, if luck was on their side. As a professional model, who went by the surname of St. John, Marie didn’t set out to create a fashion powerhouse.
In 1984, I started EILEEN FISHER for a very personal reason: "I was having trouble getting dressed. At the time I was working as an interior and graphic designer. In my mind I kept seeing these simple shapes for clothes. I knew they had to be beautiful colors, great fabrics and have certain shapes and proportions that worked together. This was my "aha" moment: a system of dressing that I'd been looking for ever since I abandoned my Catholic school uniform back in Des Plaines, Illinois.