Sophistication, crisp style, and entrepreneurial spirit are the qualities that characterize Julie Chaiken’s innovative clothing company, which has redefined the fashion classics for today’s urban professional. Launched in 1994, Chaiken clothing embodies the essence of American sportswear, combined with a fresh, modern perspective. Since the company’s inception, Chaiken has expanded into a lifestyle brand that now includes maternity and swimwear, which launched in 2000 and 2004 respectively.
Equipped with an MBA from New York University, and a passion for creating clothing that celebrates the modern woman’s lifestyle, Julie launched Chaiken in 1994. In January 1995, Barneys New York, the first retailer to discover Chaiken, introduced the line to consumers. Following this, the company quickly gained momentum and developed an extremely loyal customer base.
Over the course of the past decade, Julie has established herself as a driving force in the fashion industry. Her business acumen, combined with her creative vision for the brand, has resulted in significant year-over-year growth and expansion. Julie’s personification and understanding of her customer translates into a strong influence on the design direction of the collection. Julie plans to expand the line to include other product categories, such as accessories.
Chaiken is also seen on various television shows such as “The O.C.”, “Friends”, “Law & Order”, and “Crossing Jordan”, among others.
Since its launch in 1994 as a clothing company, Chaiken has evolved into a lifestyle collection targeting the sophisticated, urban workingwoman. Chaiken is carried in major department stores including Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s, and is also sold in over 200 specialty stores and boutiques nationally and internationally.