10 Questions for Jil Sander

JIL SANDER

Three and a half years ago, minimalist designer Jil Sander stormed out of her fashion house after taking umbrage at the dictatorial ways of Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli, who bought her company in 1999. In May, four months after her noncompete clause expired, Sander returned to the fashion house she founded when she was just 24. With sales at Jil Sander flat in 2002, it was good news for Bertelli. TIME's Lauren Goldstein caught up with Sander at the Milan men's shows, where she was unveiling her first collection since coming home.

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