Charles Elliott Harbison is the founder and Creative Director of HARBISON.
Born in Lincolnton, NC, Charles developed an early interest in fashion while observing the transformative impact that clothing had on his mother’s persona.
Charles studied fine arts, painting, and textiles at North Carolina State University, where his curriculum was based largely on the modernist movement—an aesthetic code he continues to employ. He spent his undergraduate summers holding internships at Michael Kors and Jack Spade.
Following graduation, Charles spent a year abroad studying Central Asian textiles. His next move brought him to New York, where he enrolled in the fashion program at Parsons School of Design.
Charles began his professional career as a textile designer before moving on to womenswear at Michael Kors. He continued with stints at Luca Luca and Billy Reid, producing both womenswear and accessories.
Based in Brooklyn, Charles launched HARBISON in 2013.