Temperley London celebrated its 10th anniversary year in 2011 with its namesake creative director, Alice Temperley, MBE, heading up the House of Temperley with a design signature that has made her one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British fashion.
Alice Temperley's timeless, feminine designs combine meticulous detail and embellishments with an English eccentricity and personality drawing on everything British; Temperley is the modern day 'Cool Britannia'.
Following the success of the launch collection in 2000 at London Fashion Week, the first Temperley London boutique opened in 2001 on Colville Mews in Notting Hill, London where the head office and design rooms are still situated.
ALICE by Temperley, launched in 2010, is a contemporary sister line created to fulfill a need for an everyday Temperley look in a more accessible market.
Temperley Bridal is an important part of the Temperley offering after the first bridal dresses were created following Alice's own wedding to Lars Von Bennigsen, the CEO of Temperley Ltd, in 2002. This year sees the launch of the 'Ophelia 2012' Temperley Bridal collection, offering for the first time a selection of ready to wear dresses that will be available outside of the Temperley Bridal salons as well as online at temperleylondon.com. The exclusive Bridal Salons can be found in the London Mews, Los Angeles, Melrose Avenue stores and in the Dubai boutique for private appointments only.
The House of Temperley has also expanded into lifestyle with Temperley scented candles and has plans to move into homewear, menswear and childrenswear.
The House produces 13 collections a year including; Cruise and Pre-Fall across the Temperley London and diffusion ALICE by Temperley line and 2 made-to-order bridal collections a year and key collaborations with leading British names such as the launch of Barbour Gold Label by Temperley in 2011.
The company operates 3 stand alone stores in London, Los Angeles and Dubai, and online stores for both lines at: temperleylondon.com. The lines are also currently available in over 200 doors across 35 countries worldwide.
The past ten years have earned the House of Temperley critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world, dressing Royalty to the red carpet. Amongst many others, Temperley London fans include; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Roberts. ALICE by Temperley has been worn by a range of fans including Emma Watson, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Rihanna and Dakota Fanning.
While constantly being expanded in breadth, the House of Temperley always stays true to its philosophy; appreciating what women want with creations that exist outside of the trend of the moment and always flavoured with a sense of Alice's individual 'magpie' style.
The World of Temperley and its design philosophy is set to extend its influence, transforming it from one of Britain's leading luxury brands to an all-encompassing lifestyle.
Alice Temperley, MBE - Biography
Alice Temperley was born in England in 1975, trained at London's Central Saint Martin's College of Art and finished her studies with a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Besides a thorough training in the traditional disciplines, Temperley specialized in fabric technology and print.
Temperley's award portfolio includes; the 'Award for Innovation' from Central Saint Martin's, 'English Print Designer of the Year 1999' at Indigo, Paris, Glamour Magazine 'Designer of the Year' & Elle Magazine 'Young Designer of the Year' both in 2004.
In the 2011 New Year Honours, Temperley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to the fashion industry. Temperley was awarded 'Designer of the Year' at the 2011 Hollywood Style awards.
She launched her first book in 2011; 'True British: Alice Temperley', by Alice Temperley, published by Rizzoli New York, 2011.
Alice lives between West London and Somerset with her husband Lars Von Bennigsen and 3 year old son, Fox.