The Creative Class | Joseph Dirand, Architect

Joseph Dirand | Photo: Adrien Dirand

Joseph Dirand likes to live fast and furiously. He is as obsessive about food as he is about music and wouldn’t mind being a woman. Along the way, the architect, an admitted control freak, has redefined our expectations of what a successful fashion retail experience should be.

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Paul Smith Says You Need a Head that Can Change Hats Every Hour

L: Paul Smith at ‘Hello, my name is Paul Smith’ at London's Design Museum; R: A detail from the exhibition | Photo: Michael Hemy for BoF

Rebecca May Johnson spends an afternoon in conversation with Paul Smith, tracing his path from a small time retailer to Britain’s most successful fashion designer, who pioneered the concept of classic menswear with a twist.

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The Creative Class | Ben Gorham, Perfumer

Ben Gorham | Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

BoF spoke to Ben Gorham of Byredo to understand how a former basketball player and art school graduate with no training as a perfumer founded a fashionable, cult fragrance house in which he sold a majority share to Manzanita Capital, owner of Diptyque and SpaceNK, earlier this year.

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The Creative Class | Pamela Golbin, Curator

Pamela Golbin | Photo: Jaime Rubiano

BoF sat down with Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris, and learnt about her puzzling love of planes, nerdy obsession with problem-solving and how serendipity, vision and a MacGyver-like gift for improvising are essential to working under the same roof as the Mona Lisa.

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Jessica Herrin of Stella & Dot on Remaking Direct Sales for the Digital Age

Jessica Herrin | Source: Courtesy

In the latest instalment of Founder Stories, a series highlighting the personal and professional journeys of some of fashion’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, BoF speaks with Jessica Herrin, founder and chief executive of “social selling” jewellery and accessories company Stella & Dot.

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Sham Kar Wai on China’s Changing Fashion Landscape

Sham Kar Wai | Source: Courtesy

On the occasion of the launch of Galeries Lafayette in Beijing, Divia Harilela sat down with Sham Kar Wai, one of Asia’s most powerful fashion moguls and the founder of Hong Kong-based fashion group I.T Limited, to talk about China’s changing fashion retail landscape.

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Carlos Jereissati, the Man Who Brought Luxury to Brazil

Carlos Jereissati Filho | Photo: Fernando Pinheiro for BoF

According to the International Monetary Fund, Brazil is set to clock in as the world’s sixth largest economy in 2013. BoF meets shopping mall magnate Carlos Jereissati, a member of the recently launched BoF 500, who is helping international luxury brands tap the opportunity.

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