Jil Sander is a German fashion label, founded by designer Jil Sander. Sander opened her first Hamburg store in 1968, aged 24. After designing for her own boutique for five years, in 1973 Sander launched her women's ready-to-wear line in Milan. Her understated designs reached great popularity with the advent of nineties minimalism, and in 1999 the Prada Group acquired 75% of the label, leading to Sander's departure shortly thereafter. Sander briefly returned from 2003, but left again in 2004.