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.
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 Jess Lee, co-founder and CEO of Polyvore, a community-driven fashion discovery site that aims to create “an army of Anna Wintours.”