The Creative Class | Maria Luisa Poumaillou, Buyer

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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.

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The Creative Class | Andy Rogers, Brand Director

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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.

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The Creative Class | Alexandre de Betak, Fashion Show and Event Producer

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The multidisciplinary wizard behind the fashion shows of brands like Christian Dior, Hussein Chalayan and Rodarte speaks to BoF about his personal and professional journey — and the passion, planning and adrenaline that go into staging a world-class runway show.

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The Creative Class | David Collins, Interior Architect

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Having made his name designing gem-like bars, cafes and apartments, David Collins is increasingly sought-after by some of the leading names in fashion. On the occasion of his just-announced partnership with Jimmy Choo, BoF spoke to David Collins about his journey from Dublin to the top of his profession.

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The Creative Class | Faye Toogood, Set and Interiors Designer

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Faye Toogood has created runway sets, installations and retail environments for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, in addition to designing a signature line of furniture and objets d’art. BoF met Toogood to find out how studying fine art and working for Condé Nast led her to build her own thriving multi-disciplinary design business.

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