As a student at the Art Institute of Chicago years ago, Cynthia Rowley had every intention of becoming a painter. But as destiny had it, she received her break into the world of fashion when she was on a train from Chicago to New York City and her talent was discovered by a top department store buyer.
The initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC, where she went on to win the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) award for Best New Talent, become a best-selling author and appear on TV shows such as Project Runway, Letterman and The Today Show and in numerous lifestyle and fashion magazines from Vogue to Elle Décor.
Today, Cynthia Rowley is one of the world’s leading contemporary fashion designers, known for breaking boundaries and taking fashion in new directions. She’s also a style icon, tastemaker and leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60 freestanding collection boutiques, as well as department, specialty and online stores worldwide.
Cynthia Rowley’s namesake collections include women’s ready to wear, eyewear, handbags, shoes, legwear, wetsuits, swim, home fragrance and beauty with Birchbox. The Cynthia Rowley brand also includes Rowley Eyewear, an ecommerce eyewear site featuring women’s and men’s collections. In addition, the company has established CuRious, a curated assortment of sweets and party décor with two retail posts in Manhattan and features a curated assortment of sweets and party décor.
Brimming with energy, Cynthia Rowley imbues a sense of adventure in all of her design projects, be it wetsuits, ready-to-wear, or now, furniture.