BENdeLISI

Born with an innate sense of style, Ben de Lisi has more than made his mark on the world of fashion and interiors. With a focus on beautiful fabrics and innovative design, Ben's distinctive look is sexy, vibrant and modern - for home or the wardrobe.

Biography

  • Grew up near a beach in Long Island
  • Studied at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn majoring
    in Sculpture and Painting
  • Began to work in the industry by painting fabric by the
    metre for a young unknown designer
  • This working collaboration led him to begin creating clothes
    in the very fabric he painted
  • In 1979 he started his first collaboration for men in New York - a capsule range of sportswear comprising knits, jackets, trousers and shirts sold at stores in America, such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Macy's
  • In 1982 moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer and produced his first capsule collection
  • Developed a signature style of modern elegance with his trademark long dresses that are both sexy and beautiful
  • Joined Debenhams in 1992 with the BDL by Ben de Lisi collection which has become one of the largest selling ranges in the Womenswear Designers at Debenhams portfolio
  • Won the coveted British Glamour Designer of the Year award twice in 1994 and 1995
  • In 1995 began showing his collections at London Fashion Week
  • In 2001 began working with Countryside Properties in North West England, designing and giving apartments his stylish touch
  • Worked with Abacus, developing a unique range of branded bathrooms
  • In 2007 Ben was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to fashion by the University of Northamptonshire
  • Added a homeware range to his collections at Debenhams in 2009 including many sought-after, statement pieces that have been highly-acclaimed in the press
  • Awarded a second honorary doctorate by the Robert Young University of Aberdeen
  • Designed interior design luxury apartments for The Grosvenor and continues to work on his own interior range for private clients in London, Budapest, Portugal and is currently working on a project in Windermere