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J. Mendel is a fifth generation company established on the premises of extraordinary luxury, exceptional quality, and unparalleled style. Gilles Mendel began his career by apprenticing under his father, Jacques, at the eponymous J. Mendel fur salon in Paris. In 1981, he came to the helm as designer and CEO opening his first J. Mendel Boutique at Elizabeth Arden’s Fifth Avenue Salon. in New York, Mendel quickly became a favorite among the chic set in Manhattan. In 1985, Gilles relocated his fur collections to a boutique at 723 Madison Avenue, which still serves as the company’s U.S. flagship.
Continuing in the couture tradition of the house, Gilles Mendel brought the company to the next level with the launch of a full scale ready-to-wear collection in 2002. Today he designs four full collections a year including accessories for this established luxury brand. Combining the highest quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship with a modern design sensibility, Mendel’s creations have attracted both critical acclaim and commercial success. The collections embrace luxe-femininity, applying innovative techniques and a Parisian aesthetic to achieve a feeling of effortless elegance.