Simon Mottram, founder of cycling apparel brand Rapha, aims to do with bike culture what other brands have done with surfing: turn a niche sport into a lucrative platform for a global lifestyle brand.
Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind told BoF how they managed to do what every emerging fashion label aims for, but very few actually achieve: find an investor with valuable business know-how and a proven track record, without having to compromise their creative freedom.
The humble sweatshirt has been reborn as a high fashion statement piece for both men and women, striking a chord with consumers and offering fashion businesses unmistakable commercial opportunities. BoF investigates.
Sales of luxury goods are slowing and, given the uncertain outlook, investors are taking profits, reports Pierre Mallevays, founder and managing partner of Savigny Partners.
Luxury brands should take a page from technology companies like Apple and adopt ‘ecosystem models’ to develop new markets, channels and products, advises a recent report by The Boston Consulting Group. BoF investigates.
Along with a healthy dose of raw talent, a group of South Asian American designers, hailing from India and Nepal, have leveraged their close ties to home to help build their brands and businesses.
In a city where big shows can mean just that, BoF examines the rise of London Collections: Men and the business impact on the brands taking part.
Today, BoF examines Japan’s ‘madoguchi,’ the bicultural point people who play the critical role of scout, market researcher, mediator, cultural ambassador, interpreter and deal broker for Western businesses seeking out the most exciting niche labels in Tokyo’s often impenetrable fashion landscape.
With blockbuster mega-shows on the rise, BoF examines the impact on niche fashion exhibitions.
The rise of emotionally-aware or ‘affective’ computing is set to change the way machines understand and interact with people. BoF speaks with Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and chief technology officer of MIT-spinoff Affectiva, to understand what’s possible and the implications for the business of fashion.
With the support of L Real Estate, developer Craig Robins’ vision for Miami’s off-kilter luxury enclave is coming to life.
Seizing on a widespread return to more formal dressing, small and medium-sized tailoring studios across the world are growing successful businesses. BoF spoke to three young tailors in Brooklyn, Mumbai and London.