Established in 1953, when designer Dora Sanders started manufacturing clothing sized and styled for Americans who were traveling in Asia, the Dynasty salon was located in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. By 1959 Dynasty clothing was sold by 600 stores in the US and was the leading fashion exporter in Asia. Sanders cleverly let important US department stores like Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, and Lord & Taylor have exclusive rights to new styles for six months before the designs were sold directly to customers in Hong Kong. Known for using fine Asian silks for their designs, Dynasty was a worldwide label from the 1960s through to the 1970s.