Jonathan Anderson was born in a small town in Northern Ireland. He initially pursued a career of an actor, heading to Washington D.C. in USA where he worked in Studio Theatre for a year and a half. There he became interested in theater costumes and set his mind on developing a career in fashion, so he moved to London to study menswear at London College of Fashion.
After graduating in 2005, he went to Milan to work at Prada under Miuccia Prada's assistant, Manuela Pavesi. After gaining experience in Prada, he returned to London in 2008 to establish his own brand, JW Anderson. He started out by showing his men's collection outside the London Fashion Week schedule. Anderson became a member of the NewGen program financed by British brand Topshop, receiving sponsors and business mentors from the British Fashion Council. With their help, he first presented his men's and women's capsule collections for London Fashion Week in 2010. In 2012, Jonathan Anderson got into the NewGen program for the second time; and also received the New Designer of the Year Award by the fashion of the British Fashion Awards.
In 2012 and 2013, Jonathan Anderson then collaborated with Topshop, releasing two capsule collections for the brand. Later in 2013, his work attracted the attention of Donatella Versace who invited him to design a capsule collection for her brand Versus. These proposals were followed by the recognition of the French conglomerate LVMH—who later on offered the position of creative director of Spanish luxury house Loewe to Anderson. He now helms his namesake label JW Anderson and Loewe respectively.