A native New Yorker and FIT graduate, Charles Nolan has arrived as one of America’s top fashion designers.After apprenticing with Bill Blass and Christian Dior, among others, Mr. Nolan joined Ellen Tracy in 1990, becoming its chief designer and taking it from a well regarded clothing manufacturer to a significantly more successful fashion label. By the time he left in 2001, Ellen Tracy had been number one in its market for six years.Recognizing his talent, the parent of Anne Klein, about to enter bankruptcy, hired Nolan to rejuvenate its line. In short order, the buzz was indeed back, and the company, reemerged from bankruptcy, was sold for $163 million.Along the way, Nolan was elected to membership in the Council of Fashion Designers. His collections drew widely favorable print and TV reviews and he was even featured in a double-page IBM ad that ran in dozens of publications, from Architectural Digest to the Wall Street Journal.The time had come to work for himself. The inaugural CHARLES NOLAN collection opened with six windows at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE in September, 2004. His own shop, which he designed in every detail (even the furniture, which is for sale), opened in Manhattan’s trendy meatpacking district in December 2006.
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