Born in Germany in 1943, Jil Sander studied textile design and worked as a fashion editor for a German women’s magazine before opening her first boutique in Hamburg in 1967. The fashion house Jil Sander GmbH was founded in 1978, but her minimalist designs originally failed to impress during the extravagant era of the late 70s/early 80s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that her designs began to attract the attention they deserved. Today Jil Sander retails across the globe, with flagship stores in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Her debut men’s fragrance, Jil Sander for Men, was originally launched in 1979 and still retails very successfully to this day.