Clare Potter

Fashion designer

1903 – 1999


Who was Clare Potter?

Clare Potter was a fashion designer who was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1903. In the 1930s she was one of the first American fashion designers to be promoted as an individual design talent. Working under her elided name Clarepotter, she has been credited as one of the inventors of American sportswear. Based in Manhattan, she continued designing through the 1940s and 1950s. Her clothes were renowned for being elegant, but easy-to-wear and relaxed, and for their distinctive use of colour. She founded a ready-to-wear fashion company in Manhattan named Timbertop in 1948, and in the 1960s she also established a wholesale company to manufacture fashions. Potter was one of the seventeen women gathered together by Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of Vogue to form the Fashion Group International, Inc., in 1928.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Jul 7, 1903
Jersey City
  • Pratt Institute
  • Art Students League of New York
Jan 5, 1999
Fort Ann

on July 23, 2013


Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:


"Clare Potter." STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 27 Jan. 2022. <>.

Discuss this Clare Potter biography with the community: