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Cynthia Rowley Net Worth, Her Biography, Wiki, Lifestyle & more.



Cynthia Rowley is a celebrity Fashion Designer based in New York City. Her influence on fashion branches out to every type of fashion, from semi-formal gowns to a whimsical line of home goods. She’s been active in the industry since 1981, having also released several books and made guest appearances on television.

Cynthia Rowley

Rowley might be a well known designer but do you know everything about her ? Have you ever wondered about her personal life or how much wealth she inherits? Do you know how tall she is or who all are there in her family? Fortunately we have got you covered with this short biography- her age, weight, height, her personal and professional life, her current networth and more. So lets get started!

Celebrated NameCynthia Rowley
Real NameCynthia Rowley
Date of BirthJuly 29, 1958
Age63 years old
Birth PlaceBarrington, Illinois, United States
Sun SignLeo
Height5 Feet 7 inches, 1.77 m
Weight60 kg
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseWilliam Bill Powers (m. 2005)
ProfessionFashion Designer
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter, Facebook
Net Worth$100 million
UpdatedJanuary 2022

Early Life

Cynthia Rowley was born on 29 July 1958, in Barrington, Illinois USA to Ed Rowley, a former science teacher, and his wife, Clementine, who was a painter.

Rowley had an incredibly early introduction to the world of art and design, with her mother and grandparents all being artists. One of her grandparents designed the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Cynthia designed her first dress when she was only seven years old..

She attended Barrington High School and graduated in 1976. She earned her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981.


After graduating in 1981, Rowley was awarded an SAIC fellowship, which enabled her to relocate from Chicago to New York City. She subsequently started to pursue her career in fashion and organize her own fashion shows with a seed money of $3000 which was given to her by her grandmother.

Rowley launched her first capsule collection in 1988, which has grown to include women’s wear, handbags, glasses, color cosmetics, fragrance, wetsuits and swimwear, home furnishings, bedding products, and office accessories partnering. Later, she also released the women’s secondary line called “Rowley by Cynthia Rowley”.

Cynthia Rowley

Rowley wasn’t satisfied with just creating clothing. She wanted to create a world full of whimsical and genuinely unique designs that would break up the bleak, mundane world around her. After establishing herself as a clothing designer, Rowley began designing accessories such as eyewear.

In late 2005, Rowley released her first line of eyewear with the support of B. Robinson and the Kenmark Group. Although her clothing and accessories are normally higher-end, she wanted to expand her dreamy designs into the lives of more people. To accomplish this goal, she teamed up with Target to create a line of home goods, styled in her iconic fun and colorful patterns.

She started doing more collaborative work too, and in 2009 it was reported that she would be redesigning the uniforms for United Airlines, however, the deal eventually fell off. She then started working on the menswear collection called “Mr. Powers” a limited menswear range named after her husband Bill Powers.

Cynthia’s work is presented bi-anually at the New York Fashion Week and her signature stores are present in New York City, Chicago, Montauk, Palm Beach, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and Newport Beach. Her work can also be found at the company’s online store.

Rowley has also appeared in various television programs, mainly on fashion-related shows such as “America’s Next Top Model” and “Project Runway”. She’s also made guest appearances in various talk shows, including the “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Good Morning America”. The television show “Return to Amish” also featured Rowley’s design company.

Cynthia has also written several books over the course of her career which includes Swell Holiday: Turning Up the Twinkle, The Swell Dressed Party, Home Swell Home, Swell: A Girl’s Guide to the Good Life, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, among others. 

Personal Life & Relationships

Rowley’s first husband was photographer Tom Sullivan, who died of brain cancer at the age of 32 in 1994. Then Rowley married William Keenan Jr., a Brooklyn sculptor in 1996, with whom she has a daughter, Kit Clementine Keenan (1999). Keenan released her own line of clothing in 2018, titled KIT. In 2019 Cynthia and her daughter created a podcast together called Ageless. Kit rose to global prominence after starring on the reality show “The Bachelor” in 2021.

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Cynthia Rowley with her daughter Kit Keenan

After Rowley and Keenan Jr. separated, she married William (Bill) Powers in September,2005. Bill is an art dealer and author. Besides, he is also the owner of Half Gallery in Upper East Side Manhattan. The couple has a daughter namwd Gigi Clementine Powers who was born in the same year.

Awards and Acoolades

Cynthia Rowley has received a lot of praise for her work from high profile publications such as The New York Times.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Rowley with a Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1994.

In 2012, Rowley was given the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Legend of Fashion award, alongside her husband Bill Powers.

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Cynthia Rowley with her husband Bill Powers

In 2015, Rowley won the Designer of the Year award at the 37th Annual American Apparel and Footwear Association American Image Awards

Cynthia Rowley Net Worth

Rowley has an estimated net worth of $100 million dollars as of 2022. This includes her assets, money, and income. She has earned most of her wealth from her thriving career as a Fashion designer in the United States.. Through her various sources of income, Rowley has been able to accumulate a good fortune for herself and her family.

Rowley spends her money in some of the extravagant mansions spread all over the world. In March of 2019, the designer sold her property at West Village townhouse in New York City for about $14 million. Similarly, she bought a piece of land in 2014 for approximately $11 million. She has been using that space to promote her work and brand.

Similarly, she also owns two other properties in New York City, however, the cost of it is unknown. 

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