Playful Innovator. Bold Artisan. Curious. Tenacious. Creative.

As a tween Cynthia Ashby was an inspiring mix of wild creativity, focused drive, and just plain fun. She began designing her own clothing at the age of 11, starting with a pattern and then riffing—trying and learning, time and again. Her organic process of experimentation and discovery continues to this day.

A California native transplanted to Chicago, she earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute, and at the same time, taught herself how to design apparel. She applied her exuberance, creativity, and curiosity, playing with different fibers, materials, dye techniques, construction until she found her inimitable aesthetic. Just out of college, she launched her first official clothing line, securing several local boutiques who appreciated her superior craftsmanship and unique point of view. A brand was born. 

Today, Cynthia Ashby Designs are featured in 200+ stores in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. 

Constructed with high-quality linen, cotton, and the occasional synthetic in assorted textures and weights, each piece is dyed for an effect of uncommon depth and texture. 

Modern, yet timeless. Natural, yet edgy. Effortless.

Cynthia Ashby pieces are comfortable – as comfortable as the women who wear them are in their own skins. Confident, fashion-forward, mysterious, maybe a little audacious, customers value quality and delight in making an impression. Cynthia Ashby is for the individual who does not subscribe to fashion trends. In her collections, perpetual treasure hunters and collectors discover seemingly infinite choices.