Interview with Joseph Velosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Matthew Williamson at FBC

LONDON, United Kingdom — When Alison Whelan and Courtney Blackman asked whether I'd like to conduct an interview at London's Fashion Business Club, the first interviewee I suggested was Joseph Velosa, CEO and Co-Founder of Matthew Williamson. You see, Joseph is one of the unsung heroes in British Fashion and BoF has always been about featuring the people who make fashion happen from behind the scenes, to show the professional side of the industry, and to learn from their experiences. In this way, our mission is entirely complementary to that of FBC. Joseph graciously accepted the invitation and didn't disappoint. Late last month, FBC members packed into the Swarovski Crystallized Lounge in central London to hear what he had to…

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BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet on the backstory behind Mr Porter

[caption id="attachment_13199" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Natalie Massenet in her Net-a-Porter 'living room' 10 June 2010 | Source: BoF"][/caption] LONDON, United Kingdom —"I'm more excited about this than anything we've ever done," says Natalie Massenet about the new Mr Porter menswear shopping destination announced to the fashion world today in Women's Wear Daily. Just when some might have thought she was on cruise control after Richemont stepped in to acquire the majority of the Net-a-Porter business, fashion blogosphere, twittersphere and watercooler conversations were once again fixated on this remarkable woman who — lucky for us — is also our special guest for the next BoF Live Fashion Pioneers event which is already close to selling out only three days after it was…

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How Mobile Commerce and Communication Will Change the Fashion Business

NEW YORK, United States — Now that most luxury brands have come to accept that the internet is a powerful tool for commerce and that social media provides an opportunity for a new kind of brand engagement, along comes another technological wave that will feed the ongoing digital revolution in fashion — and take it mobile. Indeed, according to Internet analyst Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley, “more users will likely connect to

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A Quiet Canadian Fashion Revolution in London

Celebrating Canadians in Fashion at the Canadian High Commission in London

LONDON, United Kingdom — On recent trips home to Canada, much to my dismay, I have struggled to find local fashion stories to share on BoF. Yes, Canada has a history of superstar models, and occasionally there is a retailer like Brian Hill of Aritzia or a young designer like Rad Hourani who captures my attention, but for the most part, getting a good Canadian fashion story has proven to be a challenge. As it turns out, I was

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The Rise of Smart Fashion

Projects by the Textile Futures Research Group | Source- tfrg.org.uk

NEW YORK, United States — At the Met Ball held earlier this month in New York, singer and songwriter Katy Perry walked the red carpet in a gown made from silk chiffon and over 3000 glowing LEDs that changed colour from blue to pink to yellow to green. Created by London-based firm CuteCircuit, Perry’s gown assured her a lot of publicity. But the coming integration of fashion and technology is about more than making a visual

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Fashion Film Flourishes in Italy

Oppure Advertisement | Source: Fuori Biennale

VICENZA, Italy — Whereas Italy may have initially been slow on its uptake of Fashion 2.0, momentum appears to be building there to embrace digital media in all its forms, but especially fashion film. Indeed, two high profile events focused on moving image in fashion will take place in the month of May alone, bringing a much needed digital awareness to the country’s conservative fashion mainstream. Tomorrow, in Vicenza, is the

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The Spotlight | Roberta Furlanetto

Roberta Furlanetto by Susie Bubble | Source: Style Bubble

MILAN, Italy — The words “Made in Italy” have long been the pride of the Italian fashion system. But, in recent years, controversy has erupted as the Italian fashion industry has faced a crisis of confidence. In late 2007, a Rai3 documentary called Slaves of Luxury “revealed a slimy world of underpaid immigrant labour, huge price mark-ups, and what was portrayed to be undue influence from American heavyweights

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BoF Exclusive | A Sneak Peek Inside INDUSTRIE Magazine

Natalie Massenet, It's the Net Stupid | Source: INDUSTRIE

LONDON, United Kingdom — So intrigued were fashion industry followers when INDUSTRIE magazine’s first cover, featuring Anna Wintour, was leaked last week that the Internet was ablaze with rampant speculation about what this magazine about the “culture of fashion” might be like. Over at fashion website Styleite, they were “waiting with bated breath” to thumb through its 196 pages. Sassybella implored

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Fashion Pioneers | Jefferson Hack on Fashion Media in The Era of Digital Beauty

Jefferson Hack in conversation with Imran Amed

LONDON, United Kingdom — Last Thursday evening, BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed sat down with Jefferson Hack, founder and editorial director of Dazed Group — independent publishers of Dazed & Confused, Dazed Digital, AnOther Magazine and AnOther Man — to discuss the future of fashion media amidst an industry landscape that’s being radically reshaped by the forces of digital revolution, rapid globalisation and a post-recessionary

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BoF to Livestream Jefferson Hack Interview with Coalition of Leading Style Blogs

LONDON, United Kingdom —Today,the BoF team is busy preparing for our first FASHION PIONEERS interview with Jefferson Hack, Editorial Director of Dazed Group, to be held this Thursday at London’s Sanderson Hotel. Tickets for the event are completely sold out and a mix of BoF readers and friends from London’s fashion community will be joining us. But, we want as many people as possible to participate in the interview. So, we are delighted to announce that in addition to a livestream on BoF, our friends from across the fashion and luxury blogosphere have graciously agreed to help us bring FASHION PIONEERS to the world. The event will be live streamed on the following sites: United States: Refinery29 | Tavi Gevinson | Fashionista.com |…

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Learning from Puma’s Reduced Environmental Paw Print

Clever Little Bag | Source: Puma

LONDON, United Kingdom — When global sport and lifestyle company Puma decided to redesign its trademark shoe box, it turned to Yves Béhar, industrial designer and founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco-based design and branding firm behind the hundred-dollar Xo laptop and Jawbone headset After 21 months, an evaluation of 40 prototypes, and visits to distribution centres, manufacturing plants, storage facilities and retail points

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Breaking News | Richemont confirms acquisition of Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter homepage | Source: Net-a-Porter

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s official and finally confirmed. Net-a-Porter, the world’s pioneering and leading luxury ecommerce retailer has been acquired by Richemont, which was already the largest shareholder in Net-a-Porter prior to the announcement of the transaction this morning, valuing the business at a whopping £350m. Natalie Massenet, Net-a-Porter’s Founder and Executive Chairman has long been a friend

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