We love to follow our “How I’m Making It” subjects through their career trajectories, and it’s particularly gratifying when they’re doing well and thriving. One such success story is Meredith Fisher and her Charles Henry line. When we first wrote about her in January, she’d just launched Charles Henry (after a successful run with her first line, WAYF). We caught up with her this week to see what’s new.
Meredith Fisher, the 23-year-old designer behind Charles Henry, has quietly been building this new brand after shuttering her original line, WAYF, which she started at the age of 17. Meredith has always counted her garmento grandfather as an inspiration, and her A/W 2011 look book reflects this, with its crisp designs and clean tailoring. The collection is girly but not frilly, with watercolor prints, black lace, and pops of red. Skirts are short--call the length flirty--but balanced by blousier tops or shirt dress tailoring. The overall message? Adorable but never precious. Click through to see the whole look book.
Though only 23 years old, an age when many of her contemporaries are probably still babysitting or finishing up college credits, Meredith Fisher can wax rhapsodic about the heady days of retail in 2006 when store buyers were more exuberant and consumers less savvy. That's because Meredith launched her first contemporary women’s clothing line, WAYF, when she was just 17 and interning for Jennifer Nicholson in LA. After her clothes got noticed--and purchased--by Rachel Zoe and an Olsen sister, she was on her way. But rather than rest on her laurels and enjoy watching Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton strut around in her designs, Meredith went to school and majored in entrepreneurship. After graduation, she shuttered WAYF and launched Charles Henry by Meredith Fisher, just in time for A/W 2010. The line is young and fashion-forward, but not trendy, with perfect party dresses, rompers, and sun dresses with sweet prints abound. Originally from Kentucky, Meredith admits that an LA sensibility has crept into her work. The line is currently sold at Intermix, Madison, Louis Boston and Confederacy. Prices range from $200- $800. So how did she do it, and how is she doing? Fashionista: When did you first start designing? You were so young when your first line launched.