CEO Talk | Emanuele Carminati Molina, President, Valextra

Emmanuele Carminati, President, Valextra | Source: Valextra

MILAN, Italy — In 1937, in Milan’s Piazza San Babila, a new brand called Valextra was born. Eventually Valextra became known for producing the ultimate in Italian luxury leather goods for only the most wealthy and discerning Italian clients. Valextra was amongst the first to create products that matched the changing lifestyle of this elite class, who were just becoming accustomed to the luxury of air travel. Fast forward 75

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CEO Talk | Matteo Marzotto, Chairman, Vionnet

Matteo Marzotto, CEO Vionnet | Source: BoF

MILAN, Italy — When Matteo Marzotto, stylish scion of the Italian fashion dynasty announced in February 2009 that he was acquiring the storied House of Vionnet, owned at the time by Arnaud de Lummen who had already had a go at reviving the sleeping beauty himself, the response from the fashion industry was simultaneously one of intrigue and distaste. On the one hand, a swarm of journalists and buyers packed into Marzotto’s Milan

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CEO Talk | Marigay McKee, Fashion and Beauty Director, Harrods

Marigay McKee, formerly chief merchant of Harrods | Source: Harrods

LONDON, United Kingdom — Later this month, Luxury Briefing will hold its 14th Luxury Briefing Conference, an annual gathering of the industry’s great and good in London. Called Future Luxe, this year’s conference will explore the luxury industry of the future and incorporate a new format designed to foster more networking and interaction amongst the attendees. The speakers — including writer Dana Thomas, Soho House CEO

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CEO Talk | Lisa Montague, Chief Executive Officer, Loewe

Lisa Montague, Chief Executive Officer, Loewe

MADRID, Spain — Many of the world’s most legendary luxury brands strike a delicate balance between a strong heritage and a link to contemporary culture and society. In the lucrative market for leather goods, LVMH-owned Loewe, Spain’s answer to Hermès, has a long history of beautiful craftsmanship and a strong link to the Spanish royal family. But despite this rich heritage, Loewe has for many years remained a sleeping beauty,

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CEO Talk | Jeff Rudes, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, J Brand Jeans

Jeff Rudes | Chief Executive Officer, J Brand Jeans

LOS ANGELES, United States — While preparing for our FASHION PIONEERS interview with Natalie Massenet over the summer, I had the chance to spend quite a bit of time at the stylish new Net-a-Porter offices. Apart from the funky furniture, bright airy atmosphere and technology, the other highlight of camping out at Net-a-Porter is to see what employees at the most powerful fashion e-tailer are wearing. Without a doubt, the most

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CEO Talk | Stephanie Phair, Director, TheOutnet.com

Stephanie Phair, Director TheOutnet.com | Source: The Outnet

LONDON, United Kingdom — Nineteen months ago at the time of its launch, The Outnet was better known as Net-a-Porter’s cheap and cheerful younger sister. Now, it seems, the discount fashion retailer is all grown up, and getting an extreme makeover. Each month, The Outnet receives over one million unique visitors, less than ten percent of which overlap with the existing Net-a-Porter customer base. The United States, where The

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CEO Talk | Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer, Polyvore

Sukhinder Singh, CEO, Polyvore | Source: Polyvore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, United States — As the digital revolution continues to exert a powerful democratising force on the closed hierarchy of the traditional fashion system, perhaps no platform has put more power in the hands of the people than Polyvore, a social shopping site. Polyvore gives consumers the tools to mix and match their favourite fashion items, creating “sets” for others to see and shop. In this way, everyone truly is an

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CEO Talk | Robert Duffy, President, Marc Jacobs International

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

In our latest CEO Talk, Robert Duffy, longtime business partner of Marc Jacobs, speaks to BoF about the power of Twitter. NEW YORK, United States — When Robert Duffy posted his first-ever Tweet on 30 January, saying “Welcome Tweeties,” he had no idea what he was getting into. What happened in the weeks that followed is an excellent lesson for fashion executives everywhere: the best way to understand social media is to

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CEO Talk | Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Partner, Savigny Partners

Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Director, Savigny Partners | Source: Savigny Partners

Today, BoF brings you an exclusive interview with a key adviser to the private family trust which, as announced today, made an investment in Lanvin, one of the hottest fashion brands in the world. PARIS, France — Over the past few years, under the creative stewardship of industry darling Alber Elbaz, Lanvin has risen to heights that most fashion brands can only dream of, with nearly unanimous positive reviews from buyers and

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