Meet the Designer

Couture Designer & Founder

Julie Schindler

Julie Schindler is a creative and innovative women's clothing designer based in Sonoma California. Julie specializes in unique and elegant coats and sportswear made of high quality, imported European and Asian fabrics. Her designs are inspired by the style and flair of the well-tailored 1950's, reminiscent of such luminaries as Audrey Hepburn. A native Californian, born in Carmel and raised in Palo Alto, Julie received a bachelor's degree in Government from the University of San Francisco. Following, she studied clothing design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. Julie started her women's apparel company, Julie Schindler Design, while still a student at FIDM. Operating on the proverbial "shoestring", she created patterns, cut fabric and established a network of goods and services. Julie received orders for her first coat designs in her debut season, Fall 1989, from high-end department stores as well as several specialty boutiques. Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and I. Magnin were among her first accounts and 50 more specialty boutiques were added to her client list until 2004, when Julie decided to solely focus on her private clientele.

Since Julie was a little girl, she has always been daydreaming of clothes, so her desire to become a fashion designer is of no surprise. Her creativity was truly stimulated when she was 15 and attended T.A.S.I.S. in Lugano, Switzerland, neighboring Milan, Italy. Julie was fascinated by the sense of style the other cultures possessed, particularly the Italian girls. Julie became a fashion junkie, absorbing anything about clothing and iconic fashion designers she could. Her longing to design was heightened by further travels in Europe, the middle east and south east Asia and then attending USF with its large international student body. Since establishing Julie Schindler Design in the fall of 1989, Julie's continued success lies in her distinctive, timeless designs along with her personal touch. She has directed her business with an objective, common sense approach and has overcome many barriers that traditionally have ended the aspirations of many designers. Julie lives in Sonoma with her husband Brian, a successful attorney in San Francisco, and two sons; Felix 20 and David 12.