Hilary Tisch, a founding partner of the L.A. fashion label DÔEN, passed away at 36 on Monday, following a bout of depression. Her father, Steve Tisch, is an entertainment mogul known for co-owning the New York Giants, as well as producing films including Forrest Gump, Snatch, and Risky Business. He’s the only person with an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and a Super Bowl Ring. She’s also survived by her mother, Patsy, and four siblings. The family has not confirmed her cause of death.
Hilary was a jewelry designer, gemologist, a collector of vintage baubles, and cofounded DÔEN—which has a physical location at Brentwood Country Mart—with sisters Margaret and Katherine Kleveland in 2015 as a consortium built around female ownership and partnerships, and social responsibility. According to her bio on the brand’s site, she lived between L.A. and Aspen with her Dog Pearl.
“Hilary was a kind, caring and beautiful person,” her father Steve said in a statement to People magazine. “Her mother, sisters, brothers, and I are devastated by her passing. It leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives. She, like so many others, bravely fought the disease of depression for as long as she could. We love and will miss her dearly. Our family is utterly heartbroken and is mourning its tragic loss. We ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
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Rest in Peace our sweet Hilary Tisch. Dearest friend and founding Dôen partner, you will be so very missed. It was Hilary who planted the seed for the possibility of creating a company — our company. In 2012, KK hit an emotional low after returning from parental leave to a work situation that didn't offer the flexibility she needed as a new mother. When discussing these fears with Hilary, Hilary suggested that we start our own thing — and offered unwavering support and trust, birthing confidence, optimism, and a hopeful excitement to move forward. Three years later, when the moment felt right, Hilary was by our side with all our founding partners as we launched Dôen. She helped come up with the name 'Dôen' and in 2015 went on the first trip to India with KK (pictured above). She continued to be there as the company grew — adding her support and creativity, like sourcing the most special antique lockets for our Brentwood Shop. Hilary was an incredibly special presence in our lives and the life of the company. We will miss her dearly. If you can, please take a moment to honor her memory and send her and her family love, light and peace.
Her partners at DÔEN also released a statement via Instagram, saying, “Hilary was an incredibly special presence in our lives and the life of the company. We will miss her dearly. If you can, please take a moment to honor her memory and send her and her family love, light and peace.”
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