BoF examines the genesis, travails and revival of Belgian label A.F. Vandevorst, which this season marks 15 years in business, and distills down the important lessons that designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx have learned along the way.
On the occasion of the sixth instalment of “A Shaded View on Fashion Film,” held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, BoF brings you an exclusive look at designer Manish Arora’s latest fashion film, ‘Holi Holy,’ and sits down with the festival’s founder, Diane Pernet, to discuss the state of the medium.
In London, two exhibits pay homage to the raw, rebellious and deliriously inventive energy of the British capital’s creative underground, which trickles up to the catwalk like nowhere else.
It took a fortuitous encounter in front of a bike shop in Bavaria for Damir Doma to find that rarest of things: the right deep-pocketed partner, willing to put in time, energy and resources to see the designer’s fledgling label through its difficult first years and get it off the ground. But six years later, with his own store, close to 9 million euros in sales and a new co-chairman, it is clear that Doma’s ascent up the tricky ranks of Paris fashion has been driven by more than luck. BoF reports.
Maria Luisa Poumaillou has gone from owning one of the most influential fashion boutiques in Paris to transforming venerable department store Printemps into a serious fashion destination, along the way enabling the careers of some of the greatest names in fashion. Now, on her way to conquer the Chinese market with a slew of new stores and her own fashion brand, the legendary buyer sat down with BoF to share her story.
While the rest of the fashion world is hard at work preparing for the busiest time of the year, many fashion businesses in Paris are closed. BoF pauses to look at the real reasons behind the month-long, collective break and to consider how and why it works.
The hip Shoreditch boutique Hostem is set to move into womenswear with a 6,000 square foot addition. BoF spoke with 25 year-old founder James Brown to learn more about his expansion plans.
Andy Rogers was convinced he was going to become a painter. Instead, a mix of gumption and luck led him to work for a series of luxury and fashion houses, whose identities he helped to define with his unerring creative vision. Here, the branding guru tells BoF how a camp Welsh farmer, Stella McCartney and the rise of the Internet paved the way to his current position as brand director of British sportswear legend Fred Perry.
As the Trampery, a shared workspace enterprise, opens its third location in the northeast London neighbourhood of London Fields, BoF spoke with founder Charles Armstrong and operations manager Ben Pickering to learn how the new hub aims to galvanise one of Europe’s most fertile fashion frontiers: Hackney.
As designers turn to petals to convey their seasonal message, florists like Mark Colle, Rambert Rigaud, Raquel Corvino and Thierry Boutemy are becoming an increasingly important element of fashion’s creative ecosystem.
As Berlin-based eyewear label Mykita opens its first New York store, BoF examines how the technically sophisticated and fashion-savvy independent brand built a small but respectable business in a market dominated by licensing behemoths.