The vision that drives a fashion house is born from the head and heart of the designer. But behind the scenes, an entire Creative Class — from producers to image-makers to makeup artists — help to conjure up the magic of that vision and communicate it to the world. Explore members of fashion’s Creative Class on the newly launched BoF 500.
Comme des Garçons has quietly grown a global multi-brand fashion business that now generates $220 million in revenue per year. BoF talks to Adrian Joffe — president of Comme des Garçons International, retail guru behind Dover Street Market and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about tending the precious root of creativity from which the company’s unconventional collections and business strategies both derive.
To coincide with Allure’s annual “Best of Beauty” awards, BoF spoke with founding editor-in-chief Linda Wells about the magazine’s robust growth, adapting to the digital age, editorial integrity and the publication’s influential “Best of Beauty” seal, created along with the awards in 1996 and now licensed to brands and retailers.
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.