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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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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Conjuring Couture

Dior Haute Couture A/W 2013 | Source: Courtesy

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.

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The Creative Class | George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Interior Designers

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg | Photo: Nick Garcia

BoF sits down with interior designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg — creators of store environments for Lane Crawford, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and others — to discuss their personal and professional journey.

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The Creative Class | Linda Wells, Editor

Linda Wells | Source: Allure

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.

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The Creative Class | Maria Luisa Poumaillou, Buyer

Maria Luisa | Source: Courtesy photo

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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