Silas Chou, Lawrence Stroll; Sportswear Holdings
Long Island native Michael Kors began his namesake label in 1981 and started selling at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks straightaway. He slowly made a name for himself over the years, selling his creamy uptown pieces to American women with a yen for luxurious reboots of classics. All of this upped his standing in the fashion world—and he capitalized on this by launching a full-fledged accessories line in 2001, a men’s collection in 2002, and sportswear line Michael Michael Kors in 2004. With flagship stores in most major cities, popular fragrance and home lines—and of course, the celebrity factor from his role on Project Runway—Michael Kors remains a powerful brand in the American fashion landscape.
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