Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1995. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence, and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection; after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure.
Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name, in a partnership with Kering as a 50/50 joint venture, and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women's ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance, and kids.
In 2008, a new lingerie collection of aspirational styles that reflect a modern woman's needs was launched. In Winter 2010, Stella McCartney introduced the Falabella handbag. Distinguished by a braided chain detail, the bag has since become one of the designer's best-selling items. Also in 2010, the first Stella McCartney Kids collection debuted for boys, girls, and babies ages newborn to 14 years, capturing the spirit and energy of kids today. In 2011, Stella McCartney launched her line of sunglasses, which compliment her collections and are eco- friendly; the line has since expanded to optical.
For the Summer Olympic Games in 2012, Stella McCartney was appointed Team Great Britain's Creative Director by Adidas--the first time in the history of the games that a leading fashion designer has designed the apparel for a country's team across all competitions, for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. In celebration of London in 2012, Stella McCartney presented a one-off capsule evening collection during London Fashion Week.
Stella McCartney's commitment to sustainability is evident throughout her collections and is part of the brand's ethos of being a responsible, honest, and modern company.