Behind Comme des Garçons is Zen-Loving Contrarian

Adrian Joffe | Photo: Thomas Lohr for BoF

At a time when the art-commerce balancing act is a daunting challenge for many creative companies, Comme des Garçons chief executive Adrian Joffe, who has no formal training in either art or commerce, has become an unlikely master of juggling both.

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Russia’s VTB Capital Closes in on Roberto Cavalli

Italian designers Roberto and Eva Cavalli | Source: Reuters

VTB Capital, the investment arm of sanctioned Russian lender VTB Bank, has made a cash payment to secure a deal to buy most of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli before the end of November, two sources familiar with the situation said.

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The Secret Journey of a Fashion Piece — Part 2: Manufacturing and Production

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Designs are only designs if they can be produced. In the second instalment of a three-part series supported by Lectra — a product design, development and manufacturing solutions company — BoF examines the manufacturing and production process.

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John Galliano Set to Join Maison Martin Margiela

PARIS, France — John Galliano will join Maison Martin Margiela as creative director, the brand’s owner, Renzo Rosso’s Only The Brave (OTB) group, has officially confirmed. The announcement follows weeks of market speculation that the appointment was imminent. Galliano will oversee the design of all Margiela lines, including couture and women’s ready-to-wear. He will debut his first designs for the house during Paris Couture Week in January. “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul,” said Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, in a statement. “John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time. A unique, exceptional couturier for a Maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to…

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