The Shifting Winds of New York Retail — Part 2: Soho’s Renaissance

The northern section of New York's Soho | Illustration: Rick Richards

In a three-part report, BoF examines New York City’s ever-shifting retail landscape. Yesterday, we considered the rise and recasting of the Meatpacking District. Today, we examine the renaissance of Soho.

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Turning Point | How Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Found Its Footing

Dexter and Byron Peart | Source: Want Les Essentiels de la Vie

Today, accessories brand Want Les Essentiels de la Vie is stocked at some of the world’s best stores. But a few years back, the business was on the verge of collapse. Co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart tell BoF how J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler helped them regain faith in their brand — and take it to the next level.

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Power Moves | Thierry Andretta Leaves Lanvin, Michèle Huban to Take the Reins

PARIS, France — Thierry Andretta has stepped down as the managing director of Lanvin, a position he held since 2009. Michèle Huban, Lanvin’s current chief operating officer, will assume Andretta’s duties. Andretta joined the brand in 2008 as an executive vice president and was instrumental in the expansion of Lanvin’s global retail footprint. During his tenure, Andretta also made Lanvin’s leather goods business a strategic focus, with the aim of extending the level of distinction that creative director Alber Elbaz brought to the label’s womens ready-to-wear collections into accessories. A Lanvin spokesperson cited ‘personal reasons’ as the cause of Andretta’s departure. But according to market sources, there had been disagreements between the executive and the brand’s majority owner, Shaw-Lan Wang,…

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The Luxurious Goodness of Maiyet

Maiyet Spring/Summer 2013 campaign | Source: Maiyet

In the 18 months since its inception, Maiyet has done what other brands have tried and failed to do: fuse a luxury sensibility with ethical credentials. The real test will be whether the company can scale its unique business model in the years to come.

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The Return of Sante D’Orazio

Left: Linda Evangelista; Right: Keith Richards | Photo: Sante D'Orazio

A poster-child of the supermodel era, which he helped construct, the career of fashion photographer Sante D’Orazio seemed to burn out prematurely as a result of the excesses and pressures of the times. But with a new show at Christie’s, D’Orazio is staging his comeback and cashing in on some of his iconic images.

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