Jeff Banks

Born Mar 17, 1943

Jeff Banks CBE is a Welsh designer of men's and women's clothing, jewellery, and home furnishings. Born in Ebbw Vale, Wales, Banks co-founded the fashion chain Warehouse in the late 1970s. He later created and presented the television programme The Clothes Show, broadcast on BBC One from 1986 to 2000.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on March 17, 1943.


1964 21 Years Old In 1964, with money saved from the paraffin business and from his father mortgaging his own home, Banks opened the boutique Clobber in London, which carried his own designs along with other designers' work.
1969 26 Years Old It proved such a success that in 1969, he launched his own fashion label.


1975 32 Years Old In 1975 he opened the first standalone Jeff Banks shop in London, as well as retail outlets in twenty-two department stores, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. … Read More
1979 36 Years Old In 1979 and 1981 Banks became British Designer of the Year, and in 1980 he was made "British Coat Designer of the Year". … Read More


1996 53 Years Old Having been asked to create corporate design wear for many organisations Jeff Banks created his own corporate clothing company in 1996. … Read More
2000 57 Years Old In 2000, he signed a deal to design clothes for the UK chain Sainsbury's. … Read More


2007 64 Years Old Having previously attacked designer Stella McCartney – Banks claimed she's only made it because of her father – Banks made the headlines again in 2007 when he attacked model Kate Moss's range for Top Shop, saying: "Can Kate sharpen a pencil, do an impression of a cow or draw a matchstick man? … Read More
2009 66 Years Old In 2009 Banks was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
2010 67 Years Old …  In May 2010 he offered to design the match-day 'walk-on' suits for the cash-strapped Portsmouth F.C. team for their FA Cup final appearance.
2012 69 Years Old Banks has continued to work as a designer with designs for the Guide Association, the England football team, and recently for London's 2012 Olympics bid, which were modelled at the launch by Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Steve Redgrave and Denise Lewis.
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