|Founder(s)||Alice Kriemler Schoch|
It has been denoted by The Financial Times as "the most successful label you've never heard of". The fashion label although not readily loved by the fashion community, is the top selling women's label in US department stores, often outselling Armani.
The label is targeted towards female executives who favor tailored suits and understated yet luxurious separates. Collections often feature a mix of wool, leather and cashmere shifts, pantsuits and separates.
When Condoleezza Rice made her first official visit to Europe as head of state, she wore Akris. Later when she greeted former British prime minister Tony Blair she wore a cognac and black checked suit.
The brand is now run by Alice Kriemler Schoch's grandsons. Albert Kriemler is the head designer. At age 19 he joined the company after his father's righ hand man passed away. He had originally planned to intern at the Givenchy atelier in Paris and attend fashion school. He gained creative control of the brand in 1980, at age of 20. He knew from a young age that he wanted to work in fashion, after traveling to New York and visiting the Bergdorf Goodman store he desired for his designs to appear in their windows.