New York-based designer Jay Godfrey is the founder and creative director
behind his eponymous collection of sleek, sexy and sophisticated designs.
Perpetually inspired by the chic New York woman, Godfrey’s goal as a
designer is to meld the classic tailoring techniques of Savile Row with
modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The result is his distinctive
contemporary collection of dresses and separates that accentuate the female
figure. Godfrey describes himself as a minimalist who embraces color in an
unmistakably sensual way.
Godfrey realized his dream of becoming a designer while working his first
summer job at Hugo Boss. He studied finance at Montreal’s McGill
University in order to gain a grounding in business and accounting. Upon
graduating, Godfrey headed to Wall Street and worked for Citigroup.
While learning the finer points of finance, Jay’s goal of designing a
collection led him to Parsons School of Design. An internship with Oscar
de la Renta fine-tuned the young designer’s style and technique, and helped
him determine the ultimate Jay Godfrey woman.
Having only been in business for ten years, Godfrey has quickly cultivated
his signature aesthetic, which perfectly lends itself to the fashion-forward
and glamorous woman. The collection has caught the media’s attention and
has been featured in WWD, ELLE, W Magazine and the New York Post.
Godfrey’s designs have also captured a loyal celebrity following and he is
proud to have dressed Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian,
Laverne Cox, Olivia Palermo and Taraji P. Henson.
In 2008, Parsons The New School for Design presented the designer with
the Parsons Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his talent and
recent accomplishments; in addition, Godfrey appeared on America’s Next
Top Model as a special guest designer, where he had the honor of dressing
the contestants for a red carpet event. In 2012, Godfrey, in collaboration
with uniform manufacturer, Cintas, redesigned the uniforms for W Hotels
worldwide for both male and female staff. In 2013, Cachet Hotel Group
retained Godfrey to collaborate on the rebranding and renovation of URBN
Hotel, China’s first carbon-neutral multi award-winning hotel in Shanghai
as well as to curate a selection of branded retail products such as robes,
mattresses, cosmetics, and decorative items.
Jay Godfrey’s collection is also sold in House of Fraser, Intermix, Neiman
Marcus, Nordstrom and Stanley Korshak, as well as numerous luxury
online retailers and boutiques worldwide. Godfrey resides in New York
City with his wife Dara, and two little girls, Allegra and Bardot.