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German designer, Jil Sander, launched her eponymous women's ready-to-wear label in 1973. With pieces such as monochrome suits and coats, simple cashmere knits and unadorned silk dresses in solid whites, browns and blacks, her brand has become synonymous with minimalist fashion. Sander is considered one of the major designers who helped globalize this minimalist aesthetic so popular in the nineties. Her slightly austere looks contrasted with innovative cuts and fabrics are highly sought after by her loyal clientele. This cult-like following among fashion editors and buyers led the Jil Sander label to grow into a $200 million empire that includes menswear, accessories and perfumes. A master of the basics, Jil Sander is the go to for the perfect white t-shirt, cashmere v neck or streamlined pantsuit.