Week in Review | Chanel CEO Talk, Spotlight on Jin Kay, Building the Team, 3D Printing, BoF’s Landmark Week

Week in Review October 22-26

CEO Talk | Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion, Chanel (CEO Talk)
“Of all the luxury fashion brands in the world, Chanel is perhaps the most famous, as well as the most secretive. I sat down with Bruno Pavlovsky who leads Chanel’s global fashion business to learn more about the workings of this most successful yet secretive of brands, how it maintains impeccable consistency across all of its activities, and why Chanel still doesn’t sell its fashion online — at least for now.”

The Spotlight | Jin Kay (Emerging Designers)
“This month, the BoF Spotlight shines on Jin Kay, a 26-year-old, Seoul-born, New York-based womenswear designer who won this year’s Parson’s Womenswear Designer of the Year award, following in the footsteps of creative luminaries like Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler.”

Finding Your M.O. | Part 10: Building the Team (Education)
“To build a successful business you need to have the right team in place. But what constitutes the right team? And how and when should it change and grow? Who are the key people you need at the concept phase? At the launch phase? At the scale phase? Who do you keep? Who do you let go?”

3D Printing, Copyright Nightmare or DIY Heaven? (Fashion 2.0)
“‘Rapid manufacturing’ may be a more accurate name for this instant production process, but with a PC, the right software and a 3D printer, it’s now possible to produce your very own sunglasses, jewellery or bikini. Within hours. From your kitchen table.”

A Landmark Week for BoF (Letter from the Editor)
“When we first launched our Twitter account back in December 2008, I have to admit I had no idea how BoF would use the nascent social media tool. As of today, our global community on Twitter numbers more than 500,000 people! Indeed, Twitter has become one of the most immediate and powerful ways for BoF to interact with you, our readers.”

Sisters of the Divine (WSJ Magazine)
“Watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose for a photo shoot is like watching a hypnotic piece of performance art. Former child stars, extraordinarily savvy brand nurturers, founders and owners of an estimated $1.5 billion business empire and, now, designers of the critically acclaimed high-end fashion line The Row, the Olsens have spent the great majority of their 26 years either in front of a camera or otherwise hard at work.”

Nike sells Umbro brand to Iconix (FT)
“Iconix Brand Group has agreed to buy Nike’s Umbro sports apparel and footwear unit for $225m in cash, marking the fashion brand’s second deal with the US sportswear group.”

Marc Jacobs: A Conversation with Robert Duffy (Port Magazine)
“Ask any creative person trying to make a living from design or art what the hardest part of their working life is and they’ll probably tell you it’s the business side of the company that keeps them awake at night…  So it must have been a relief for Marc Jacobs when he, 28 years ago, met and befriended Robert Duffy.”