Eileen Fisher

Irvington, NY
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Why we are in business

Our Purpose

In 1984, I started EILEEN FISHER for a very personal reason: I was having trouble getting dressed. At the time I was working as an interior and graphic designer. In my mind I kept seeing these simple shapes for clothes. I knew they had to be beautiful colors, great fabrics and have certain shapes and proportions that worked together. This was my “aha” moment: a system of dressing that I’d been looking for ever since I abandoned my Catholic school uniform back in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Although I couldn’t sew and only had $350 in the bank, I believed in these simple shapes. I had four shapes made up and took them to The Boutique Show in New York. Encouraged by $3000 in orders, I expanded my “line” to eight pieces. The second show brought in $40,000 in orders. Suddenly I wasn’t just Eileen Fisher. I was EILEEN FISHER, INC.

Today we are 1100 people strong with more than sixty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. At our loft-like corporate offices, we’ve exchanged cubicles for open work areas that let us be encouraged, inspired and informed by the people surrounding us. We are a company of passionate, engaged people who value our collaborative culture and are committed to connecting with one another as well as with our customers.

Design is what drives us and our business. We find that good design is a result of paying attention to what women want and need. The women who wear our clothes want to experience the magic that happens when you put on a piece of clothing that has been pared to its simple, pure essence. It comes alive on your body. It makes you move differently. It changes the way you think and feel about yourself.

From the beginning, I’ve wanted EILEEN FISHER to be known for clothes you don’t have to think too much about. You put them on and know that they will give you the comfort, ease and elegance to move with confidence through your day.

I’ve always looked at clothing through the lens of confidence and empowerment. I focus that lens in many other aspects of life. My latest passion was inspired by the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, a project of Dr. C. Otto Scharmer’s Presencing Institute. Instead of framing prosperity in terms of the GDP, the GNH Lab looks at such things as health, education, ecological resilience and psychological well-being. To me, this kind of holistic vision is a huge and vital shift. It is about rethinking what it means to live in a world with finite resources, as individuals and as businesses.

I feel there’s a role for EILEEN FISHER to play in this shift by sharing the collaboration skills we practice and helping to create the kind of change that wouldn’t be possible if each of us acted alone. When I give talks, I often say that business can, indeed, change the world. EILEEN FISHER has done a lot by committing to organic and sustainable fibers, manufacturing clothing in the USA and recycling our clothes with GREEN EILEEN. There’s much more to do. And I believe we can do it. I believe we can make a difference. Business can be a movement.

How we operate

Our Practices

We strive to operate our business in a way that maximizes benefit to all life impacted, and to share our practices to inspire other companies to do the same.

What we impact

Our Performance


What we look for when hiring

We want to learn about the whole person, including their values, in order to discover what they can bring to the company. We look for employees who have a desire to learn and grow, and are excited to share their ideas with us.

Candidates who are contacted for an interview can expect a collaborative approach to the hiring process. After the initial interview, conducted by Human Resources, select candidates will be asked to return for meetings with the hiring leader, the departmental team, and other members of the EF community with whom they would partner in their work. These interviews, which may take place over a period of time, provide both the company and the candidate with an opportunity to ensure a true match of skills and culture.

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Why you would want to work for our company

EILEEN FISHER offers an environment where employees can truly thrive. We strive for a joyful workplace that fosters individual growth, both personally and professionally.

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We are guided by a purpose: to inspire simplicity, creativity and delight through connection and great design. Our approach to employee benefits and programs reflects our commitment to living the company mission.

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We believe in a collaborative workplace culture, wellness and personal development. Here you’ll find a link to our current job openings, along with information about our hiring process.

Where to find us

Eileen Fisher

Irvington, New York


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