Jeffrey Banks, American fashion designer. Recipient Saga Mink awards; recipient Coty American Fashion Critics award, 1977, 1982, Earnie award for boyswear, 1980, Cutty Sark award, 1987. Member Fashion Institute of Technology (board directors).
Banks, Jeffrey was born on November 3, 1955 in Washington, District of Columbia.
Studied, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1972—1974. Graduate, Parsons School Design, New York City, 1977.
Banks worked as a design assistant to Ralph Lauren(1971–73) and Calvin Klein (1973–76). He has claimed cr for Klein's logo garments, stating that he had the logo from a press folder silkscreened onto the sleeve of a brown T-shirt as a present for Klein. The gift was assumed by Barry K. Schwartz to be part of the upcoming line, and similar shirts formed the uniform for the front-of-house staff at Klein's next catwalk show, leading to the buyers asking to purchase them.
After leaving Calvin Klein, Banks launched his own-name label in New York City in 1977 according to his official website, although some sources state 1978. By 1996, suits, shirts, eyewear and accessories from Jeffrey Banks Ltd. and Jeffrey Banks International were being sold worldwide with sales of about $20 million.
Member Fashion Institute of Technology (board directors).