From Russia with Love

An Interview with Gilles Mendel

The House of Mendel has been dressing the most elegant women in the world since the days of the Russian czars. Its name is synonymous with the highest traditions of the luxury market and unparalleled skill. Gilles Mendel, creative director of J. Mendel here in Manhattan, has brought his company’s vision into alignment with the wants and needs of contemporary consumers, all while maintaining a scrupulous fidelity to the craftsmanship and traditions passed down through five generations of his family.

Octavian Report: The House of Mendel has existed in various forms since 1870 — can you give us a bit of background on its origins and transformations?

Gilles Mendel: The House of Mendel was started in Saint Petersburg by my great-grandfather. Like …

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