New York native Stacey Bendet founded alice + olivia in 2002 with the quest to create the perfect pair of pants. The brand was an immediate success, and shortly after its launch, Theory founder Andrew Rosen joined as a partner. Since then, the company has grown into a full contemporary lifestyle brand that includes ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags, accessories, and eyewear.
Stacey Bendet pulls inspiration from her love of vintage and all things feminine to design clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated. Ornamented fabrics, colorful prints, and ultra-flattering fits provide today’s modern woman with options for every day and every occasion. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama, Jessica Alba, and Kourtney Kardashian.
alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at aliceandolivia.com and at the brand’s 36 freestanding boutiques located in several major U.S. and international cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Greenwich, Houston, Malibu, Miami, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Doha, and Bangkok. In addition, alice + olivia is available at more than 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and Galeries Lafayette.
In addition to being the full-time CEO and creative director for alice + olivia, Bendet is also a wife and mother of three daughters who makes supporting charity endeavors a priority in her personal and professional activities. She is a member of the board of trustees of New York–based Good+, a foundation that provides essentials for children of families in need; she supports Ronald McDonald House, which offers assistance to the families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses; and she serves on the board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater.
A devoted Ashtanga yoga student who practices daily, Bendet loves shopping at vintage stores and flea markets, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Eric Eisner, and their daughters. She has been featured on Vanity Fair‘s best dressed list five times and is now in their hall of fame. She currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.