"Cynthia Rowley is a leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60-freestanding collection boutiques, as well as in department, specialty, and online stores worldwide. Brimming with energy, Cynthia Rowley imbues a sense of adventure in all of her design projects. While attending the Art Institute of Chicago (where she had every intention of becoming a painter), Rowley fell into fashion when a local department store buyer discovered her on the train. That initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC where she went on to win the CFDA award for best new talent. She was named Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards last spring, and continues to bring innovative design concepts to new categories that extend beyond the realm of fashion."