Jill & Jolene McGowan

Founder, Jill McGowan at work in her Portland studio.

Founder, Jill McGowan at work in her Portland studio.

May 9, 2017
JILL McGOWAN
Founder, Designer, Owner
Founded in 1994, the first line of clothing from Jill McGowan, Inc. was a series of white shirts. This line was inspired by Jill’s work as a patternmaker for the famed menswear manufacture, Hathaway. After comparing her work on men’s shirts to women’s clothing of equal price, she realized the genuine need to improve the standard of women’s clothing.

Jill’s shirts and seasonal collections are now available in over 300 speciality stores around the country and her work has been featured in several publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times, Victoria, Real Simple, Rescue and More magazines, and the online fashion site: Daily Candy.

Jill has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and Martha has blogged about her visit to the studio. Her shirts have been worn in many feature length films, and the television shows SportsNight, What Not To Wear and Martha Stewart. Jill McGowan was selected as one of the fashion innovators for the television show, Main Floor, sponsored by Cotton, Inc.



Jolene McGowan is a partner and Director of Sales & Marketing.

Jolene McGowan is a partner and Director of Sales & Marketing.

JOLENE McGOWAN
Sister, Partner, Director of Sales & Marketing
Jolene joined Jill McGowan, Inc. in 2000 after working nine years with L.L. Bean where she specialized in Public and Community Relations. Jolene is responsible for all Sales and Marketing for Jill McGowan, Inc.

Jolene writes a bimonthly column in the Portland Press Herald, called Port City Post. She is an Advisory Board member of Bates Dance Festival and for many years worked and performed in Portland’s Arts community.

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  • The stage is set for Maine Voices Live with Jill and Jolene McGowan.
  • Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram swag.
  • Attendees arrive for Maine Voices Live!
  • Attendees arrive for Maine Voices Live!
  • Attendees of Maine Voices Live with Jill and Jolene McGowan.
  • Lisa DeSisto welcomes the audience.
  • The McGowan sisters take the stage.
  • Host Mary Pols asks a question.
  • Jill and Jolene McGowan.
  • Jill McGowan.
  • Jill and Jolene McGowan.
  • Jolene McGowan.
  • Jill and Jolene McGowan respond to a question from the audience.
  • Jill and Jolene McGowan at Maine Voices Live.
  • Post-event mingling at Maine Voices Live.
  • Post-event mingling at Maine Voices Live.