Charlotte Ronson has become one of the most sought after American womenswear designers and her New York Fashion Week runway shows are a must see event. Her success has also lead to design deals with some of America’s largest, respected retailers and has catapulted her into the spotlight. In 2008, Ronson designed Play by C. Ronson, a diffusion line exclusive to Urban Outfitters, sold in over 100 of their retail stores nationwide and online. Ronson and JCPenney have signed a long-term deal with the Texas-based retailer with a full contemporary sportswear collection. I [Heart] Ronson for JCPenney made its debut in Spring 2009 hitting 600 of Penney’s stores as well as their online site and catalogues
As a fixture in the fabric of New York City life, Ronson has fostered many relationships with family and friends and developed a number of strategic partnerships resulting in innovative collaborations. She has worked on a limited edition t-shirt collection with her mother Ann Dexter-Jones, best friend Shoshanna Lonstein-Gruss, brother Mark and twin sister Samantha, both internationally known musicians and deejay’s, and has launched “must have” handbags with friends, Hollywood icon Nicole Richie, singer Lily Allen, and actress Lindsay Lohan. In 2009, she announced a long running collaboration project, a new swimwear line with Shoshanna aptly named Shoshanna Made With Love Charlotte Ronson.. Known for her impeccable style and trendsetting designs, Ronson’s clothing and accessories have quickly become a favorite among such fashion forward celebrities, models and influencers including Blake Lively, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Diane Kruger, Leighton Meester, and Kate Moss.
In 2011 Charlotte Ronson was inducted into the CFDA and launched the Charlotte Ronson Beauty line with Sephora, sold exclusively in all Sephora doors and on Sephora.com. The designer continued to expand her eponymous brand in 2012 when she launched the Charlotte Ronson handbag collection with Artisan House.
1) How and why did you get into the fashion industry?
I come from a creative family, and it exposed me to lots of different areas from Music, to Art and Fashion. I felt most like myself and a sense of freedom in Fashion. I started off creating custom Vintage T’s for friends and haven’t looked back since.
2) What is your mantra/life quote?
Less is more
3) Who is your role model, and why?
We should all be inspired by the selfless Mother Theresa.
" I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no hurt, only more love. "
4) If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play you?
Perhaps my twin sister as she knows me so well
5) What's on your iPod right now?
Samantha Ronson, Mark Ronson, Foreigner, Bruno Mars, Jay Z, Pharrell, Amy winehouse, Elliott smith, Rihanna
6) What did you consider your most crowning achievement?
Making a career out of something I love to do.