About Sue Whiteley
Over the course of an unparalleled career, On the Island Founder Sue Whiteley has built a reputation as one of the most visionary and enterprising executives in the luxury fashion sector. She launched her career at Harvey Nichols, leading its transformation from a staid department store into an international fashion destination. After joining Alexander McQueen as President and CEO in 2001, she worked alongside McQueen to grow his label into a global luxury fashion house.
In 2004, she joined Louis Vuitton as managing director of its UK,
Ireland and Scandinavia business. Whiteley opened the Louis Vuitton
Bond Street Flagship store – “the most luxurious Louis Vuitton store in
the world” – and aligned the house with artists including Anish Kapoor,
Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili. Most recently, she served as president of
Givenchy during Riccardo Tisci’s tenure as designer.
On the Island is Whiteley’s most personal project yet. Drawing inspiration from her love of art and travel, and her years as a competitive swimmer, she’s creating a brand that offers refined off-duty-wear for women of style and substance. For Whiteley, true luxury comes down to considered craftsmanship – simple but elevated pieces in which every detail matters.