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Jessica Simpson: Accidental Fashion Mogul

02/14/2011 at 05:20 PM ET

Jessica Simpson's Billion Dollar Clothing Empire
Ruven Afanador for New York magazine

Jessica Simpson is fashion’s newest billion dollar baby — but did she mean to be? Simpson will continue growing her empire this year by adding a ready-to-wear collection and a line of career separates, which are expected to push sales for the company to over a billion dollars. “I never thought I’d be some fashion mogul!,” Simpson tells New York in the magazine’s spring fashion issue, where the cover girl rocks huge, teased hair and bare shoulders. To put that number in context, the magazine explains that Simpson’s company is doing roughly the same volume in sales as designers like Michael Kors. Simpson says that her brand is so popular because she makes the line for everyday women and keeps the focus away from herself. “What you really need is your basics for every type of person,” she says. “When it comes to other celebrity brands, I think a lot of people do a great job, but it can’t be all about them. Everybody doesn’t want to just look like the celebrity, because they can’t. They just want one element of that style.” Her business manager, David Levin, puts the original idea behind her fashion lines a little more directly, telling New York, “A girl could go to the shopping mall with her mother and she’d have a great new outfit and still have some money left for lunch at McDonald’s. She can look like Jessica Simpson, smell like Jessica Simpson, and she can afford it.” Read more at nymag.com.Tell us: What do you think of Jessica Simpson’s billion dollar fashion empire?Kim Peiffer

Jessica Simpson's billion Dollar Clothing Line
Ruven Afanador for New York magazine

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Jill on

I peronally thought her fashion line was not made the greatest. Very cheaply made! I have not checked out her shoes. All I can say is I hope this keeps her from singing. The girl just can’t sing worth a dam. Maybe, she should give her sister some help in the fashion world! I feel sorry for her fiancee. If I recall, she was in love with Tony not to long ago. Run!!

Me on

It’s not all trendy. She has some really good designs for classic yet stylish items. I have liked some things and I’m a middle-aged woman.

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olivia on

I LOVE her fashion line! I have a couple pair of high heels, a hobo purse and a clutch and they are both fashionable and are very tough against wear and tear. I wear her black suede studded flats all the time and they look brand new. I can’t wait to see what else is in store in the next year! keep up the good work Jess!

pamela durocher on

I am thrilled for her. She deserves the BEST!!!

Elizabeth on

Great shoes! For as high as they are..they are comfortable and really cute. I’m north of 40 and wear them… I tell everyone… Good for her!

nata on

love her shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ada on

i love her hair i have been buying it for a couple years sorry Jessica, there’s always some asses to say bad stuff to you show them a pic of you taking you money bag to the bank . we love you here in Texas

Bl on

I ended up buying a bag by Jessica Simpson by accident. I was searching in a dept store for a new bag and didn’t see any I liked but there was one bag that looked so stylish and when I checked to see who made it I was surprised. I received so many compliments on my bag and everyone asking who’s the designer and where did I get it. At first I wasn’t sure how people would react to it being a Jessica Simpson bag but it looks great so I really don’t care. If it looks good I’ll buy it.

Deanne on

It seems really condescending to me to term it ‘accidental mogul’ she has been working hard on it for years now.

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