Duality has been a constant theme in the work and life of Chadwick Bell. Born and raised in the relaxed atmosphere of Southern California, Chadwick was instilled with a uniquely American sense of style, yet hails from a long line of craftsmen steeped in the European tradition--men who valued discipline, perfection and attention to detail. His great grandfather came to the United States from Scotland as a carpenter, and passed the trade to his son. The tradition continued onto Chadwick’s father. Spending hours alongside his father in his workshop, Chadwick learned the importance of craftsmanship, fine detail, and tenacity.
Chadwick, however, was more drawn to art than to the trades, and has an innate talent and appreciation for beauty and design. He pursued art as a child, and while in college, studied color theory, form, and design, all the while nurturing an interest in fashion.
He shared this passion with Vanessa Webster, his childhood friend and now business partner, who was one of the first to recognize his talent. After college, the two moved to New York City, pursuing their dream of launching a fashion company together. In 2007, they founded their label, Chadwick Bell.
Less than a year later, in fall 2008, Chadwick Bell debuted his spring 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week. It was inspired by an image of style icon Slim Keith shooting a rifle with her hair down. He draws inspiration from characters in life, art and film, such as Catherine Deneuve as Séverine in Belle de Jour, to create a new collection each season that describes a different fantasy for the Chadwick Bell woman. Each collection represents the dichotomy that defines what Chadwick Bell does--the blend of the romantic and the utilitarian, the European tradition of tailoring mixed with a sense of American ease, and the combination of strength and vulnerability in his ideal woman.