Cynthia Rowley constructed her first dress when she was seven years old. Her intuitive technical skill paired with a love of “making things” led her into an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she began to pursue a career in fashion. Her first full collection was purchased while she was still in school, and gave her the leverage she needed to move to New York and establish her brand.
Rowley’s namesake collection has since grown to include women’s wear, men’s wear, eyewear, handbags, shoes, legwear, shapewear, home sewing products, wetsuits, as well as collaborations with Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid Brand.
Rowley has been recognized both within the fashion industry, with a CFDA women's wear award and a nomination for men's wear, and is consistently called upon as a style authority on TV, with appearances on “24 Hour Catwalk”, “Project Runway”, “Oprah”, “David Letterman”, “The Today Show,” and “The View" among others. Her work has been featured in nearly every major magazine and newspaper domestically and internationally, and is sold in over sixty Cynthia Rowley boutiques around the world.
An art enthusiast herself, Cynthia has collaborated with artists like SAIC’s Nick Cave, Will Cotton, Olaf Breuning, and Ryan McNamara on various ventures and collections, and has designed a capsule collection for the Gagosian Gallery, a collaborative exhibit with Olaf Breuning for MoMA’s PS1 MOVE!, and co-founded the groundbreaking art retail site Exhibition A, the first of a company initiative encouraging entrepreneurial thinking. The second entrepreneurial initiative to launch has been CuRious Candy– a candy and party accessory collection designed in signature Cynthia Rowley style. The first store location is now open on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with a second location slated to open in the West Village. The Cynthia Rowley Collection is sold in better department, specialty and online stores, as well as in approximately sixty Cynthia Rowley shops around the world.