Eileen Fisher (born June 6, 1950) is an American clothing designer and founder of the womens clothing brand Eileen Fisher, Inc. Fishers designs are characterized by simplicity, and her company is known for using non-traditional models in its print advertisements, including its own employees. Fisher grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, the second of seven children. When Fisher decided to go to college, her father explained that the family could not contribute to her tuition because they needed to save their money to send her younger brother to college as "he would need an education to support his family some day." Fisher explained in an interview to Inc. in 2013: "It didn't upset me — it was the times. I never expected a penny from my parents. I paid my way through the University of Illinois working as a waitress." She started as a math major before switching to interior design. Fisher moved to New York City in 1973. She worked as an interior designer and as a graphic artist before establishing her own fashion business inspired by style and longevity of the classic kimono. She has two children, Zack and Sasha, and she lives in Irvington, New York. Eileen Fisher Inc. is an American privately held company founded by Fisher in 1984 with US$350 in startup money. Her first order at a New York clothing design show was for $3,000, which was followed three months later with $40,000 in additional sales. She opened her first retail store in 1986, on East 9th Street in Manhattan.