Margaret Howell studied Fine Art and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London. The designer established a studio in 1970 making men’s shirts, quickly attracting a loyal clientele who appreciated the quality fabrics and attention to detail. The shirts were sold internationally in the US and France and encouraged by Joseph Ettedgui, Margaret Howell opened her first London menswear shop in 1977 in partnership with Joseph. Today many of the designers shirts are still made by hand at the company’s dedicated shirt factory in North London.
During the early 1980’s Margaret Howell was one of the first wave of British designers to find success in Japan opening a shop in Tokyo, today the designer has over 80 retail outlets in Japan. In 2002 Margaret Howell opened a London flagship on Wigmore Street, serving as the designers studio, retail and exhibition space. Margaret Howell has a personal interest in contemporary architecture and is a keen supporter of post war British modernist design. Collaborations with Ercol, Ernest Race, Anglepoise and Robert Welch have resulted in the reissue of classic 1950’s and 60’s furniture and product designs, providing the opportunity for a new generation of design aware consumers to appreciate and value the quality of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
In 2007 Margaret Howell was awarded the CBE and appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the RSA, in recognition of her achievements in fashion design and retail. In 2010 Margaret Howell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of the Arts, London.