Laura Ashley: Fashion Designer Facts & History


BirthplaceDowlais, Glamorgan, Wales
BirthdateSeptember 7, 1925
EducationAttended Marshall’s School, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales until 1932; mainly self-taught in design. Served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
FamilyMarried Bernard Albert Ashley in 1949; children: Jane, David, Nick and Emma
Career Highlights1945-52: Secretary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes
1954-68: Founder/Partner with Bernard Ashley, Ashley-Mountain Ltd. Printed textiles
1967: Opened first retail outlet in London, England
1968: Established Laura Ashley Ltd.
1974: Opened first shop in USA (San Francisco)
1977: Laura Ashley stores opens in New York
1985: Over 180 retail outlets established
Awards1977: Queen’s Award for Export Achievement

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