Ben de Lisi has become such a strong player on the British fashion scene that it's easy to forget that he's not British. Born in America, Ben grew up in New York and was taught to sew by his Grandmother. He went on to study sculpture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
In 1982 he moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer and promptly produced his first capsule collection, which was very well received. He built up an independent brand with a loyal customer base and an established celebrity following.
Ben's collections were shown at London Fashion Week and won the coveted British Glamour Designer of the Year award twice in 1994 and 1995. De Lisi is best known for dressing Kate Winslet for the Oscars and other red carpet events, gaining many column inches praising his work.
Ben has been designing a diffusion line in conjunction with Debenhams called BDL by Ben de Lisi since 1997 which became one of the largest selling ranges under their Designers at Debenhams umbrella in its first season.
In 2009, Ben launched his first homeware range for Debenhams called Ben de Lisi. The collection was inspired by the designer's own home with the 'Ella' cushion, featuring a graphic print of one of Ben's French Bulldogs, becoming Debenhams' fastest ever selling cushion.
2010 saw the launch of Principles by Ben de Lisi. Distilling the essence of the Principles signature style, Ben has taken classic pieces and reworked them to create a collection of elegant day and weekend wear that can easily be dressed up for evening or worn in the office.