Cynthia Rowley is an American fashion designer based in New York City in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Rowley was born and raised in Illinois where she developed an interest in fashion from an early age. She was educated at Barrington High School and later at School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1981.
Rowley’s father, Ed Rowley, was a science teacher and his wife, Clementine, was a painter. Rowley’s grandparents included a painter, and a designer responsible for the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo.
Rowley sold her first collection to Marshall Field’s while still enrolled at SAIC.
Cynthia Rowley's Net Worth
As of 2022, Cynthia Rowley's net worth is estimated to be $100 million.
Source(s) of Fame
Date of Birth
July 29, 1958
Place of Birth
Barrington, Illinois, USA
Married, Tom Sullivan, Until his death in 1994Divorced, William Keenan Jr, Married, Bill Powers, Married 2005
Rowley is one of three children born to a family of artists, painters, and designers. She made and sold her first dress aged 7. During her college years, Rowley was disqualified from the annual SAIC art show for using wings in her designs.
In her senior year at SAIC she won a fellowship award and uses the prize money to move from Illinois to New York City. Rowley had received an additional $3,000 from one of her grandmothers to use as seed money for her fashion design career.
Rowley’s capsule collection was first launched in 1988 and has since grown to include handbags, color cosmetics, swimwear, glasses, bedding products, home furnishings, and fragrances.
Cynthia Rowley’s fashion career started after college when she moved to New York City in 1981. Her designs include a line called Swell, inspired by a book of the same name that Rowley published in 2003. Her fashion lines are featured in the New York Fashion Week biannually.
Rowley also owns a limited men’s wear line called Mr Powers. Her most famous fashion stores are in New York City, Palm Beach, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Montauk, Chicago, and NewPort Beach. Rowley has been honored byThe Council of Fashion Designers in America for her contribution to fashion.
In 1994 she received a Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion. In 2012 she received a Legend of Fashion Award by the School of Arts Institute of Chicago. In 2015, she won the Designer of the Year award at the American Image Award hosted by the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
Cynthia Rowley has been a guest on various TV shows including America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Gossip Girl, The Late Show, Celebrity Jeopardy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and many more.
Cynthia Rowley has been married three times and they had three children. One of her children, Kit Keenan, has also been involved in fashion as a designer alongside her mother. Cynthia Rowley lives in the Upper East Side in New York City with her family.
Rowley has amost 225K followers on Instagram. She reguarly posts pictures of her clothing brand with many well known celebrities wearing her items.
Cynthia Rowley is an American fashion designer with a net worth of $100 million. Rowley is based in New York from where she owns and runs a fashion empire with dozens of stores in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach.