Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson established JW Anderson in 2008.

At first, a distinctive collection of accessories quickly garnered attention, enabling the fledgling label to show on-schedule during London Fashion Week, 2008.

Its unique design aesthetic presents a contemporary interpretation of masculinity and femininity by creating thought-provoking silhouettes through a conscious cross-pollination between menswear and womenswear elements. This idiosyncratic perspective, which earned the label a cult following, prompted JW Anderson to present a women’s capsule collection in 2010.

JW Anderson has evolved into an internationally renowned and award-winning brand. In the past accolades have included British Fashion Awards for ‘Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear’ (2012), ‘The New Establishment Award’ (2013) and 'Menswear Designer of the Year' (2014). At the British Fashion Awards in 2015, the brand received a historic double award for ‘Menswear’ and ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’, the first time any brand has ever won both prestigious awards. Since then, the brand received the award for ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’ (2017) and received nominations for ‘Menswear’ and ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’ (2018).

In 2020, the brand was honoured for its contribution to Creativity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acquired an iconic piece from JW Anderson: a rainbow crocheted cardigan. The cardigan was added to the V&A's Collection of Fashion and Dress to serve as a testament to Anderson's innovative design approach and to mark an extraordinary moment in global history.

In 2020, the brand opened its Flagship store in Soho, London.

The brand has received several nominations from the Fashion Awards, including ‘Designer of the Year’, (2021 & 2022) and for ‘Independent British Brand of the Year’ (2022).

In 2023, Jonathan received the was named the International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, New York, and awarded with Designer of the Year at the Fashion Awards, London.

In April 2024, Time Magazine named Jonathan Anderson as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the year in their Time100 list.