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Our Path

Our Path


Lafayette 148 New York is a New York-based women’s fashion brand named after the address in SoHo where we were founded. Created in 1996, we are known for sophisticated, clean-lined designs that fuse luxurious fabrics, outstanding craftsmanship, and a modern sensibility inspired by the dynamism of New York City. With our new corporate headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and our very own workshop and production facility, we’re a rarity in the fashion world: a truly vertically integrated brand.

 

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In 1996, our founders, Shun Yen Siu, Deirdre Quinn and Ida Siu, had a singular vision of fashion’s future. They imagined a company that combined concept, design and production all under one roof. A place with a globally minded culture that married its Eastern and Western roots. One that took an inclusive approach to design, making beautiful, meticulously constructed clothing for accomplished women everywhere, regardless of size or shape. And Lafayette 148 New York was born.

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More than twenty years later, our quest to discover what’s next continues. In the Summer of 2018, the company’s headquarters will move to a soaring, sustainably built, 70,000 square foot loft space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s a bold step towards the Lafayette 148 New York of tomorrow. And we’re just getting started. Meet the team that continues to carry the brand forward. 

More than twenty years later, our quest to discover what’s next continues. In the Summer of 2018, the company’s headquarters will move to a soaring, sustainably built, 70,000 square foot loft space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s a bold step towards the Lafayette 148 New York of tomorrow. And we’re just getting started. Meet the team that continues to carry the brand forward. 

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Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder and CEO

A born entrepreneur, Deirdre Quinn’s early love of the craft inspired a degree in fashion design. Her passion for production and merchandising led her to Donna Karan, Escada and Liz Claiborne, where she traveled to more than seventy countries. In 1996, she joined forces with two other fashion veterans and visionaries, Shun Yen Siu and Ida Siu, to found Lafayette 148 New York, creating one of the very rare, vertically integrated fashion brands. More than twenty years later, Deirdre’s boundless drive to discover what’s next continues to lead the brand towards the future, including the move to a soaring, sustainably built loft space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A member of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees, Deirdre has a lifelong love of learning and a devotion to enriching the world through education. 

 

Deirdre Quinn, Co-Founder and CEO

A born entrepreneur, Deirdre Quinn’s early love of the craft inspired a degree in fashion design. Her passion for production and merchandising led her to Donna Karan, Escada and Liz Claiborne, where she traveled to more than seventy countries. In 1996, she joined forces with two other fashion veterans and visionaries, Shun Yen Siu and Ida Siu, to found Lafayette 148 New York, creating one of the very rare, vertically integrated fashion brands. More than twenty years later, Deirdre’s boundless drive to discover what’s next continues to lead the brand towards the future, including the move to a soaring, sustainably built loft space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A member of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees, Deirdre has a lifelong love of learning and a devotion to enriching the world through education. 

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Liz Fraser, President

Renowned throughout the industry for her business savvy and strong leadership over her three-decade career, Liz Fraser was named the company’s first President in 2018. Liz joined Lafayette 148 from Anne Klein, where she was Chief Executive Officer, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, where she was President and a member of the launch team that built the pioneering business into a multichannel, multicategory global lifestyle brand. With her keen international perspective, strategic vision and passion for a truly collaborative culture, Liz leads Lafayette 148 into its next chapter with a continued focus on customer, craftsmanship and innovation.

Liz Fraser, President

Renowned throughout the industry for her business savvy and strong leadership over her three-decade career, Liz Fraser was named the company’s first President in 2018. Liz joined Lafayette 148 from Anne Klein, where she was Chief Executive Officer, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, where she was President and a member of the launch team that built the pioneering business into a multichannel, multicategory global lifestyle brand. With her keen international perspective, strategic vision and passion for a truly collaborative culture, Liz leads Lafayette 148 into its next chapter with a continued focus on customer, craftsmanship and innovation.

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Emily Smith, Creative Director

An Atlanta native, Emily Smith was enthralled by fashion from a very young age, which led her to Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Following internships at Eskandar and Bill Blass, she joined Lafayette 148 New York in 2002 as a Design Assistant. Since then, her warm, collaborative design approach, technical mastery, and gift for perfecting a garment from the inside out propelled her rise to Creative Director for the brand. From trend forecasting to developing each collection, to traveling the globe in search of the finest fabrics, Emily has helped guide Lafayette 148 New York to a new level of luxury—and built a gifted team to chart the brand’s next chapter.

 

Emily Smith, Creative Director

An Atlanta native, Emily Smith was enthralled by fashion from a very young age, which led her to Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Following internships at Eskandar and Bill Blass, she joined Lafayette 148 New York in 2002 as a Design Assistant. Since then, her warm, collaborative design approach, technical mastery, and gift for perfecting a garment from the inside out propelled her rise to Creative Director for the brand. From trend forecasting to developing each collection, to traveling the globe in search of the finest fabrics, Emily has helped guide Lafayette 148 New York to a new level of luxury—and built a gifted team to chart the brand’s next chapter.

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Barbara Gast, Chief Creative Officer

Growing up in Hamburg, Germany, in a family of apparel designers, Barbara charted her own path with dreams of becoming an architect. She studied graphic design before moving to Venice, where the city’s flourishing pret-a-porter business inspired a return to her fashion roots with the opening of her own made-to-measure workshop. Over forty years, she carefully honed her craft, becoming a renowned expert in the field of knitwear, working with Zegna, Agnona, Valentino and Gucci, among other legendary brands, before joining Lafayette 148 New York in 2006. Fluent in Italian, French, German and English, Barbara leads all aspects of creative for the brand with her irrepressible passion for precision, European technique, and appreciation for art, architecture and design.

Barbara Gast, Chief Creative Officer

Growing up in Hamburg, Germany, in a family of apparel designers, Barbara charted her own path with dreams of becoming an architect. She studied graphic design before moving to Venice, where the city’s flourishing pret-a-porter business inspired a return to her fashion roots with the opening of her own made-to-measure workshop. Over forty years, she carefully honed her craft, becoming a renowned expert in the field of knitwear, working with Zegna, Agnona, Valentino and Gucci, among other legendary brands, before joining Lafayette 148 New York in 2006. Fluent in Italian, French, German and English, Barbara leads all aspects of creative for the brand with her irrepressible passion for precision, European technique, and appreciation for art, architecture and design.

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