Sometimes a single moment, a single encounter, can completely change our path in life.
Cynthia Rowley, who today is one of the world’s top contemporary fashion designers, lived out such profound serendipity years ago, when she was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago with every intention of becoming a painter.
But as destiny had it, she received her break into the world of fashion instead when she was on a train from Chicago to New York City, and her talent was discovered by a top department store buyer.
The initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC, where she went on to win the fashion design industry’s award for Best New Talent, become a best-selling author and visionary of a leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60 freestanding collection boutiques and department, specialty and online stores worldwide.
Namesake collections of Cynthia Rowley today include women’s ready to wear, handbags, shoes, legwear, wetsuits, swim, home fragrance, beauty with Birchbox and Rowley Eyewear, an ecommerce eyewear site featuring women’s and men’s collections.
Brimming with energy, Cynthia imbues a sense of adventure and imagination in all of her designs.
Beginning this week at the High Point Market, she is bringing her vision home in what is sure to be an historic, game- changing new home furnishings brand created in partnership with Hooker Furniture.
“Interiors and furniture have been a passion of mine ever since I can remember,” said Rowley.
“Fashion and style reach beyond clothes…It’s the art of living.”
“I want to create furniture that will brighten your space and make your home a happy place!”
Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture is presented in three unique personas to allow you to “decorate your home with spirit and personality,” she said. The personas are: “Curious,” “Sporty,” and “Pretty.”
Curious-An Invitation to the Imagination
Curious is an exotic take on global style and seeking out the unexpected.
Travel and adventure are always a great source of inspiration, Cynthia believes.
The Curious persona includes silver and gold leaf, eglomise and mercury glass, jade onyx and signature Cynthia Rowley black floral prints.
Sporty: Life in the Fast Lane
Inspired by surf boards, race cars and bold graphic elements, Sporty is clean, polished and ready for action.
Sporty design elements include vibrant colors, a love of stripes and exotic woods in unique combinations such as Primavera, Mozambique and Mappa Burl.
“Sporty” describes Cynthia herself, who is an avid surfer and loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters at the beach.
Pretty: A Charmed Life
Bringing delicate opulence to everyday life, Pretty mixes the past with the future, giving it a sense of timelessness.
Style elements include Mother-of-Pearl inlays, tassel drawer pulls, teardrop pendant hardware and a soft color palette from lilac to ivory.
“I hope people will buy the pieces because they love them, ” Cynthia said, “and not worry about making it all work with everything else in the room–you need a spark to make the room exciting.”