Stacy Charles is a household name among knitters, though some might be surprised to find that a) Stacy Charles is a real person, and b) that Stacy Charles is not a woman (both of which he still finds funny to this day).
Stacy joined his aunt and uncle’s business in 1978, helping with the import of quality yarns and selling high-end buttons. In the mid-1980s, Stacy developed and sold yarns to the world’s leading fashion designers and retailers including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and Nordstrom. He’s well known for negotiating the exclusive U.S. distribution for two leading Italian yarn spinners—Filatura Di Crosa and Filpucci, with which he maintains relationships to this day.
Stacy has loved being involved in the changes and shifting trends in the yarn and fashion industries. It remains critical to him to do the best he can in everything he does, refusing to compromise on his ideas, standards or quality. It’s something he learned from his Aunt Irma, a bon vivant who was adamant about standards of excellence. Stacy knows that nothing comes easy, and that in order to succeed, you have to be dedicated and passionate. “I always start with the product. My ability to understand yarn comes first.” Indeed, as a person who thinks of the product, he’s developed the unique capacity to craft yarn lines that inspire all sorts of knitters, whether they are the relaxed, casual knitter or the sophisticated, fashion-forward knitter.
His energy is boundless, his enthusiasm for hand-knitting is as strong as ever, and each year, he seeks to reinvent himself (twice a year, actually) in fresh, different ways with each season’s new collection.