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Our Story


We are born and raised in the spirit of NYC.

Named after the address in SoHo where we were founded, we are a global lifestyle brand led by women, for women. Our journey began in 1996, built on our founders’ belief that women deserve beautiful clothing created for women’s needs. Our wardrobes. Our rich and fluid lives.

Uncompromising quality, luxurious materials, flawless construction and a modern, New York sensibility are hallmarks of our collections. Designs as dynamic as the women who wear them and the city that inspires us.

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With our new headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and our very own workshop and production facility in China, we’re a rarity in the fashion industry—a truly vertical company. From sketch to final design, each piece never leaves our hands. We believe that women deserve nothing less.

Our Path

We look forward, always. Building our future, bringing more women with us, feeling our power as we win in our worlds.


A born entrepreneur, Deirdre Quinn’s pioneering leadership, belief in giving back and boundless drive to discover what’s next continues to lead Lafayette 148 towards the future.

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Creative director

Emily Smith’s warm, collaborative design approach, technical mastery, and gift for perfecting a garment from the inside out has helped guide Lafayette 148 New York to a new level of luxury.

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Since Ida Siu & Shun Yen Siu joined with Deirdre Quinn to create Lafayette 148 in 1996, Mrs. Siu continues to lend her expertise and keen entrepreneurial mind to keeping Lafayette 148 at the cutting edge of fashion manufacturing.

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From The School of Dreams to our sustainable practices, caring for the world beyond our four walls is woven into fabric of who we are. Discover a few of the ways we're giving back.

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