With a commitment to British manufacturing, traditional production techniques and quality fabrics, Margaret Howell’s clothes are simple and understated. Howell’s designs are recognised for their purity of line, attention to detail and functional approach, yet always remain contemporary and modern in look and feel.
Margaret Howell began her career in the early 1970’s making men’s shirts, quickly attracting a loyal following who appreciated her approach and integrity of design. The shirts were sold internationally and by 1980 Howell had launched a women’s collection, based on the design principles and tailoring she applied to her menswear. Margaret Howell was one of the first wave of British designers to find success in Japan.
Today, Howell is Design Director of Margaret Howell Limited and an expanding business in Japan, where the company has been established since the early 1980’s. Margaret Howell now has 50 retail outlets in Japan and together with stores in Taiwan, the Asia market accounts for over three quarters of Howell’s international turnover.
In 2002, Margaret Howell opened her London shop and company headquarters in Wigmore Street, a gallery retail space chosen as the perfect environment to display her clothing collections and also host exhibitions to communicate Howell’s design interests beyond fashion. Margaret Howell opened her third London stand alone shop, a 235 square metre retail space on Fulham Road, in September 2006. Margaret Howell currently has five UK shops and one French retail outlet in Paris. A stand alone Paris flagship shop opens on Place de la Madeleine in February 2009.
Margaret Howell has a personal interest in architecture and product design and is a keen supporter of British modernist design. Recent design collaborations have resulted in the re-issue of classic British furniture and product designs from the 1950’s and 60’s, providing the opportunity for a new generation of design aware consumers to appreciate and value the quality of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.