Alice & Olivia
alice + olivia is owned by University of Pennsylvania alumna Stacey Bendet. Bendet showed her first designs to a crowd
of fashion-industry insiders and celebrities at the Russian Tea Room that year, a “just pants” collection introducing the
label’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting “Staceypants” in bright colors and funky patterns. Her desire to make
“a trouser sexy,” or “the focus of an outfit” led her to launch a 20-item collection at the Russian Tea Room in 2002.
alice + olivia pants gained immediate popularity due in part to their mindful design. The pants are all cut slim at
the hip to create the illusion of elongated legs and a lean silhouette. The main inspiration for the brand was Stacey’s
love of music, art, culture, and vintage fashion, and from the women around her. The brand has since grown to a full
lifestyle brand collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and handbags.