Finding Your M.O. | Part 10: Building the Team

Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 9, we looked at customer acquisition. Today, we examine how to build a great team. NEW YORK, United States — To build a successful business you need to have the right team in place. But what constitutes the right

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3D Printing, Copyright Nightmare or DIY Heaven?

Today, guest contributor Navaz Batliwalla, also known as Disneyrollergirl, explores the rise of 3D printing and its potential impact on fashion, courtesy of BON magazine. LONDON, United Kingdom — Remember Maison Martin Margiela’s L’Incognito sunglasses from 2008? Of course you do. A futuristic strip of dark polycarbonate that wrapped around the wearer’s eyes like an identity-obscuring black bar, they were an instant sell-out and

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The Creative Class | Nickelson Wooster, Creative Director

Nick Wooster Photo: Tommy Ton

NEW YORK, United States — He has been ordained “the alpha male of American street style” by GQ and called “Woost God” by some of his most rabid fans. But Nickelson ‘Nick’ Wooster, known for his sharply tailored blazers, handlebar moustache and armsleeve tattoos, is more than an arbiter of good taste. A menswear authority who has spent over 25 years working with leading luxury department stores like Barneys New York,

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 9: Acquiring Customers

Moda Operandi Membership Request Screen | Source: Moda Operandi

Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEOof Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 8, we examined the importance of managing investors. Today, we tackle customer acquisition. NEW YORK, United States — When our website went live, we all stood around a desk watching Lauren Santo Domingo, my co-founder

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Looking Back at a Historic Paris Fashion Week

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her thoughts on the Paris Fashion Week collections. PARIS, France — Each season, as the international fashion flock winds its way from New York to London to Milan, there is usually a gradual yet perceptible build up of excitement for what comes last: Paris Fashion Week. After all, it’s here in the City of Light where the best and brightest designers from around the

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Op-Ed | Fashion Blogging Has a Transparency Problem

A blogger at Rag & Bone | Photo: Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Today, in a guest Op-Ed piece, Jennine Jacob, founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers, exposes  a transparency problem that threatens the future of the business of blogging. NEW YORK, United States — Old media often seems to portray fashion bloggers as publishers gone rogue: online personalities thirsting for free product or paid public appearances. Ruth La Ferla’s recent piece in The New York Times, “New York Fashion Week Street

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The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman

Detached Sleeve Kandora from Thamanyah Autumn/Winter 2012 | Photo: Asha Mines

PARIS, France — “I met him at the gym, in his boxing shorts, fancy sneakers and large Kelly Bag as a gym bag,” recalls Michèle Lamy — Rick Owens’ captivating muse, wife, and business partner — of her Dubai-born, Paris-based protégé, Ahmed Abdelrahman. “He was able, in a couple of months, to mingle Middle-Eastern and Western culture in a such a chic, clever, refined way — mind-blowing,” she exclaims. Indeed, Abdelrahman’s precise,

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 8: Managing Your Investors

Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 7, we examined the complexities of serving global markets. Today, we tackle the topic of managing investors. NEW YORK, United States — Late one night, about a year after launching Moda Operandi (M’O), I received an

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First Person | Tory Burch Says Work Hard, Think Long Term and Be Patient

Tory Burch | Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

NEW YORK, United States — “There were a lot of people doubting what we were doing in the beginning,” Tory Burch, both creative director and chief executive of her eponymous fashion company, told BoF on the eve of her Spring/Summer 2013 show. “I’m an information gatherer, I like hearing what people feel and think, but at the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself and go with your instinct and gut.” With neither traditional

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