Ann Gish Phillips, Luxury Bedding Designer, Is Dead at 70

August 11, 2019


Ann Gish
Ann Gish

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The textiles industry mourns the loss of Ann Gish Phillips, 70, an important designer of luxury bedding, who died Friday, August 2, after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

The business started in 1991 based in California and eventually Ann Gish, her maiden name, became an important luxury brand. Until this past June, Ann Gish had a single retail outlet in New York City, but many high-end retailers and catalog merchants sold her lines.

She was born and raised in New York City and Southern California, and ultimately lived on the westside of Manhattan with her husband. She had also lived in France, London and Barbados.

The Ann Gish brand will continue under the direction of her daughter, Jane, CEO, based in Springfield, Mass.  Her husband of 21 years, David Phillips, will continue on in his role as the company's CFO.

This statement about her work was on the company website.

”Ann Gish is best known for her exquisite detailing and construction, along with the use of luxurious and innovative fabrics and designs. Ann is considered by many to be the consummate leader in the creation of contemporary silk bedding, decorative pillows and tabletops. The practical elegance of her design has affected the way beds and bed accessories are presented in the marketplace today.”

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