Fort Wayne, IND
Arrived in New York in 1941 and sketched for David Crystal, a sportswear designer, before being drafted into the army. After the war, worked for Anna Miller & Co. When they merged with manufacturers Maurice Renter Ltd. in 1959, Blass stayed on and became vice president in 1962. In 1967 he bought the company and renamed it Bill Blass in 1970. After Blass' death in 2001, Lars Nilsson and Steven Slowik had short tenures as designer, followed by Michael Vollbracht from 2003 - 2007.