Eileen Fisher Inc. is an American privately held company founded by Fisher in 1984 with just US$350. Her first order at a New York clothing design show was for $3,000, which was followed three months later with $40,000 in additional sales. She opened her first retail store in 1991.
In 2002, the company earned $144 million in revenue and in 2003 $154 million. As of 2003, 35 percent of the company's clothing was manufactured in the United States while the rest was made in China in compliance with Social Accountability International's SA8000.
The company has over 800 employees with over 56 retail stores in fifteen states. In 2011, the company expanded outside the U.S., opening its first Canadian store in Vancouver, British Columbia and projecting the opening of two stores in London, England, in October 2012.
Fisher's company emphasizes sustainability—with 70% of the cotton used in its clothing sourced from organic cotton. In order to fabric and fiber waste, the company started a recycling program. Customers donate their gently used Eileen Fisher Clothing in return for a $5 gift certificate per article. After dry cleaning, the garments are resold—with the income funding business grants for women and leadership programs for young women.