Designer Eileen Fisher's Unexpected Road To Entrepreneurial Success And A Lasting Career : Forbes
Eileen Fisher is the founder and co-CEO of the eponymous clothing company she started in 1984. Fisher has made sustainability a priority through her Renew and Waste No More initiatives which repurposes garments to make artisanal textiles.
Since 2009, the company has resold, donated, or repurposed 1.5 million garments and customers have received $5 for each returned item. In 2016, Eileen Fisher became a certified B Corporation, committing to high sustainable and ethical business practices. Fisher is also a partner and investor in Alante Capital, a female founded company that invests in sustainable fashion brands.
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