Beyond the Brand


Named after the address in SoHo where they were founded, they are a global lifestyle brand led by women, for women. The journey began in 1996, built on the founders’ belief that women deserve beautiful clothing created for women’s needs. Our wardrobes. Our rich and fluid lives.

Uncompromising quality, luxurious materials, flawless construction and a modern, New York sensibility are hallmarks of the Lafayette collections. Designs as dynamic as the women who wear them and the city that inspires their design.

Beyond The Brand

A born entrepreneur, co-founder Deirdre Quinn’s early love of the craft inspired a degree in fashion design. Her passion for production and merchandising led her to Donna Karan, Escada and Liz Claiborne, where she traveled to more than seventy countries. In 1996, she joined forces with two other fashion veterans and visionaries, Shun Yen Siu and Ida Siu, to found Lafayette 148 New York. More than twenty years later, Deirdre’s boundless drive to discover what’s next continues to lead the brand towards the future, including the move to a soaring, sustainably built loft space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A member of the Fashion Institute of Technology and The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Board of Trustees, Deirdre has a lifelong love of learning and a devotion to philanthropy and enriching the world through education.