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.”
Today, Joseph Altuzarra is championed by fashion industry opinion-leaders Carine Roitfeld and Jenna Lyons, and stocked at some of the world’s best stores. BoF talks to the designer about how he built his brand and the breakthrough Fall 2012 collection that helped to crystallise his signature design template.
As her first issue of Lucky hits newsstands, BoF talks to the 33-year-old Eva Chen about her quick ascension to the role of editor-in-chief, digital approachability and her vision for reinventing the magazine.
Andy Rogers was convinced he was going to become a painter. Instead, a mix of gumption and luck led him to work for a series of luxury and fashion houses, whose identities he helped to define with his unerring creative vision. Here, the branding guru tells BoF how a camp Welsh farmer, Stella McCartney and the rise of the Internet paved the way to his current position as brand director of British sportswear legend Fred Perry.
This month, the BoF Spotlight shines on Sarah Angold, a young London designer whose sculptural statement pieces have a futurist-meets-craftsmanship aesthetic and feature an unusual blend of materials from wood to manmade composites, inspired by science fiction films like Transformers.
As designers turn to petals to convey their seasonal message, florists like Mark Colle, Rambert Rigaud, Raquel Corvino and Thierry Boutemy are becoming an increasingly important element of fashion’s creative ecosystem.