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Drive Episode 6: Tom Chapman on Building MatchesFashion

LONDON, United Kingdom — Welcome to episode six of Drive, BoF’s new podcast series featuring fashion’s most dynamic entrepreneurs discussing the special kind of resilience it takes to build a global fashion business, delivered by DHL. In this episode, BoF’s Imran Amed sits down with Tom Chapman, who, together with his wife and business partner …

Fashion Trends That Will Rule the Winters in 2022

(Image courtesy: Unsplash). The fashion business is a sizable industry. According to statista.com, the global fashion industry is anticipated to generate revenues of US$1.37 trillion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 11.45%. As a result, there is a lot of demand when revenue is high. Winter is the time of year when all want …

Jacquemus: A Fashion Star’s Business Vision

PARIS — In 2011, when Simon Porte Jacquemus — then a shaggy-haired fashion school dropout — needed to spark some buzz for his fledgling label, he dressed a group of girlfriends in his designs and crashed Vogue’s “Fashion Night Out” party on Paris’ Avenue Montaigne. The group staged a mock protest, brandishing cardboard signs and …

In South Africa, More Evolution than Revolution

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When Khanyi Dhlomo opened a plush designer boutique here late last year, it revealed as much about the national psyche as it did about the local fashion industry. As South Africa’s first black television news anchor and the former editor of a popular women’s magazine, Dhlomo was the kind of elegant, …

Meet Africa’s Fashion Billionaires | BoF

LAGOS, Nigeria — Traces of Mike Adenuga’s billion-dollar empire can be found on almost every street corner of Nigeria’s sprawling metropolis. Giant green billboards featuring popular Nigerian celebrities and streetlight banners asking passersby to “Glo with pride” are just two examples. With control of almost 30 percent of the country’s telecommunications market, Mike Adenuga is …

Don’t Put Christopher John Rogers in a Box

NEW YORK, United States — This summer, Christopher John Rogers was one of the most talked-about young designers on the internet. After the killing of George Floyd, when the fashion conversation on social media erupted with posts on Black designers to support, Rogers became one of the most frequently namechecked brands. Then came a couple …

Belonging: The Business Case for Diversity in Fashion

During haute couture week, Imran meets with Samira Nasr, and they have good reason to celebrate. During global lockdowns amid the pandemic, Samira became the first woman of colour to helm Harper’s Bazaar in the American magazine’s 154 year history. Yet amidst the joy comes tough reflections about racism and belonging in fashion. Samira explains …

Harris Reed Named Nina Ricci Creative Director

Nina Ricci, the 90-year-old French fashion house owned by Spanish fragrance conglomerate Puig, has named a new creative director and business chief. Harris Reed — known for his fantastical, historical, gender-fluid creations — will join the company as creative director, effective immediately. His first collection will be shown in Paris in early 2023. Edwin Bodson, …

Can a Kid From California Remake Bally?

LOS ANGELES — Rhuigi Villaseñor wasn’t supposed to be sitting in the perennially leafy courtyard of West Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont hotel on a recent Tuesday morning. The founder of LA-based label Rhude now spends most of his time at the headquarters of luxury brand Bally (split between Caslano, Switzerland and Milan) as well as …