Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Name: Stella McCartney

Occupation: Founder and designer of eponymous brand Stella McCartney

Industry: Fashion

How she got started: An internship at Christian Lacroix at the tender age of 16 got the ball rolling for McCartney. She wrapped her education at prestigious Central Saint Martins up with a collection modelled by supermodels and friends, Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss, who strutted down the runway to a song written by her famous father. The show grabbed nationwide headlines and designs were picked up by retailers like Browns, Joseph, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Two years later, she joined Parisian fashion house, Chloé, succeeding Karl Lagerfeld. In 2001 McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in partnership with Kering as a 50/50 joint venture.

Notable achievements: McCartney was presented with the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year Award in 2000 by her father, Paul McCartney. Following a slew of awards in the next decade, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for her services to fashion. 

What she is up to now: Stella McCartney operates 48 freestanding stores worldwide, distributes to 77 countries, and ships to 100 countries online. The designer continues to be a fervent activist, championing sustainability and cruelty-free fashion by paving the way with her label that has avoided the use of leather and fur from the get-go.