12 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m
ollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani's creative accom-
plishments have brought her global fame
as a music icon, but she's also a successful
businesswoman in the fashion world.
Stefani says she's been fashion-forward since her
mother taught her to sew when she was a girl. In 2003,
Stefani launched her own clothing line, L.A.M.B.,
named for Love Angel Music Baby, her debut solo
album. The line has been wildly successful, selling in
stores worldwide and earning Stefani some $90 mil-
lion per year.
"I'm not going to be running around doing cart-
wheels on stage for the rest of my life," Stefani says.
"L.A.M.B. is something that can be lasting and some-
thing I can continue to do . . . with a family."
Since beginning L.A.M.B., Stefani has launched
spinoffs, including Harajuku Lovers, named for the Tokyo
district at the epicenter of Japanese street style. That line
now includes accessories for pets, such as hats, sweaters,
and bow ties. Last fall she added a new Harajuku Lovers
perfume collection and a high-end children's
clothing line called Chasing Fireflies.
Stefani is known for her playful,
theatrical sense of style, but she
says that at the heart of her
collections for women are
clothes that are comfort-
able to live in. "It's
kind of easy to make
that really cool,
quirky, fancy piece,
but then you wear
it one time and
it's over," she told
com. "I'm always
trying to make
clothes that I want
to wear every day."
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