Illinois native Cynthia Rowley was seven when she constructed her first dress
and as a senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she sold her
first Collection of eight pieces to a number of New York's most prominent
Over the years, the Cynthia Rowley Collection has grown to include menswear,
shoes, eyewear, hosiery, umbrellas, handbags, small leather goods, a signature
fragrance, and a signature Barbie® doll. The Collection is sold in Cynthia
Rowley boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and East Hampton as well as
numerous stores in Japan. The Collection is also represented in better
department and specialty stores both domestically and internationally.
Cynthia's creative endeavors have proven to be award winning. The Council of
Fashion Designers of America honored her with the prestigious New Fashion
Talent Award. The CFDA recognized Cynthia again three seasons after introducing
a complete menswear line with a nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New
Menswear Design Talent.
A broad range of targeted media has aided Cynthia Rowley reach a large national
and international audience. She has been featured on MTV, 'Entertainment
Tonite,'VH1, 'Life of Luxury,' and E!. Cynthia has also appeared on the 'Late
Show with David Letterman,' and she is also a frequent guest on national
morning shows, including 'Good Morning America,' 'The Today Show,' and 'The
View.' Editorial coverage consists of features in print media such as Vogue,
Elle, W, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times. In addition,
publications such as In Style, Elle Décor, French Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and
The New York Times frequently showcase the unique interior of her homes.
In 1999, Cynthia and her best friend, Ilene Rosenzweig, the former deputy style
editor for The New York Times, co-authored the best-selling book, Swell: A
Girl's Guide to the Good Life. The highly anticipated sequel, Home Swell Home,
was released in 2002 and was followed by Swell Holiday in 2003. The next book
in the series, an entertaining guide, The Swell Dressed Party, will hit
bookshelves in Spring 2005. Swell's popularity has brought many exciting
spin-offs such as a monthly column in Glamour, engagement calendars,
mini-books, Swell-related television programs and home products.
Cynthia has many hidden talents, including the art of acting prime-time
television commercials, and in her free time she enjoys many death-defying
adventures, from skydiving to trapeze performances to surfing. In addition, she
is an admirer of contemporary art and an avid art collector.