Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s personal quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and a newly launched collection of handbags.
ImagineX Group, Asia’s leading brand management and distributor of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, is proud to be partnering with New York-based fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet for the opening of Southeast Asia’s first free-standing alice + olivia store at ION Mall in April 2014.
About Stacey Bendet
New York Stacey Bendet always had a fondness for pants – from the skinny and slim to the wide and bell-bottomed. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Bendet garnered quite a collection of denim “stocks and stocks of it” she says. But denim’s ubiquitous blue kept Stacey longing for that perfect pair of pants, so year after year of vintage shopping, snipping, sewing, tweaking and tailoring, she set out to make her own pants. Something unique. Something distinctive. Something Stacey. And with that, alice + olivia was born.
alice + olivia launched in 2002 at Barneys New York to immediate success. Incorporating interesting fabrics, an ultra-flattering fit and a stylish retro vibe, alice + olivia quickly gave today’s modern sophisticate something to embrace other than denim as a daily staple. “StaceyPants,” as her friends call her, had become an overnight phenomenon. Shortly after the launch of alice + olivia, Theoryfounder Andrew Rosen teamed up with Bendet as her business partner. From that moment on, the sensation has only continued to escalate.
Today the brand boasts 12 free-standing stores in New York, California and Connecticut. Now a full lifestyle brand, eac store offers the complete alice + olivia signature collection, the exclusive gown collection, footwear and the newly launched handbag line.
alice + olivia is sold in more than 800 stores internationally, ranging from elite National department stores and top specialty stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, to leading international stores including Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Lane Crawford, Hankyu and prominent online retailers including Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.
Full time CEO, entrepreneur, designer, wife and mother of two, Bendet still manages to find the time to lend a helping hand to others. Bendet avidly raises funds for Bent On Learning – an organization which brings yoga programs to New York City public schools, and has joined the Board of Trustees of NY-based Baby Buggy, a foundation who provides essentials for children of families in need.
A devoted Ashtanga yoga student who practices daily, Bender loves vintage stores and flea markets, traveling and spending time with her husband Eric Eisner and their two daughters, Eloise and Scarlet. Stacey splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.
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Information and photograph Courtesy of ImagineX Group.